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Historic Macy-Colby House

Hosted by Friends of the Macy-Colby House

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The Macy-Colby House is a historic 18th century salt box style house. First built about 1650 by Thomas Macy, the home was then sold to Anthony Colby in 1654 and lived in by nine generations of Colbys until 1899. Now open to the public on Saturdays in the summer.
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-2:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 10:00am-2:00pm  Open Door Event.

257 Main Street
Amesbury 01913
978-388-3054

Directions: I-95 to Exit 58B. Follow Rte-110W toward I-495/Amesbury, turn left onto Main Street, about 500 feet down on the right.
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Mary Baker Eddy House Tour

Hosted by Owned by Longyear Museum

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Visit the Mary Baker Eddy House for a glimpse into 19th century life with the Bagley family. The Bagley women were accomplished seamstresses. You will see some of their original work, amongst other furnishings and objects that once belonged to this Amesbury family. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Guided tours run about 40 minutes.
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Guided tours run about 40 minutes.

277 Main Street
Amesbury 01913
1-800-277-8943

Directions: I-95 to Exit 58B. Follow Rte 110W toward I-495/Amesbury, turn left onto Main St. Small parking lot adjacent to the house. The house is a quarter mile north of the Merrimack River on Main. There is a small parking area next to the house.
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Salisbury Point Railroad & Hat Museum

Hosted by Salisbury Point Railroad

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Visit the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society! Salisbury Point Station was originally built by the Eastern Railroad in 1870 and has since been totally restored. Our Water Street "museum" houses artifacts and Railroad "Memorabilia" as well as a collection of historic photographs dating from the early 1800's to the late 1970's. We also maintain and run seven model railroad layouts, in a variety of gauges. Visitors are invited to drive some of the trains (esp Thomas)! You can visit the Hat Museum which is inside the railroad museum (see http://www.amesburytreasures.org)   Event capacity: 50. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

9 Water Street
Amesbury 01913
978-884-1639

Directions: I-95 to Exit 58B. Follow Rte-110W toward I-495/Amesbury. Turn right onto Elm St. Follow Elm St. ~1.7 mi, then turn left onto Water St. The station located at the bottom of Water Street in Amesbury. The Train Museum is located a few yards up the hill at 9 Water Street. The museum entrance is the middle of the upper mill building opposite the upper deck parking lot entrance.
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Visit the Whittier Home

Hosted by John Greenleaf Whittier Home

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Visit the home of John Greenleaf Whittier, the famous ardent abolitionist, journalist, popular poet, Quaker social activist, and essayist. Known as the Quaker Poet, John Greenleaf Whittier lived in Amesbury for his adult life where he produced most of his works, including his famous poem "Snowbound." Guided tour includes the historic house, a National Historic Landmark, and artifacts as they were when Whittier lived there. The tour will also feature the garden and summer kitchen.  Event capacity: 50. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 11:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

86 Friend Street
Amesbury 01913
978-388-1337

Directions: I-95 to Exit 58B. Follow Rte-110W toward I-495/Amesbury. Merge onto Rte-110. Turn right onto Main St, and continue straight onto School St/Rte-150. Enter next rotary and take 3rd exit onto Friend St. (Located in downtown Amesbury, 1 block west of Town Hall and Police and Fire Departments.) Parking available on Friend St. and Pickard St.
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Open House at 1877 Historic Schoolhouse

Hosted by Newbury Historical Commission

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The historic Lower Green Schoolhouse, built in 1877, will be open for viewing. This one-room schoolhouse features a complete set of original desks, antique schoolbooks, an 1853 map of the United States, old slates, and many other historic objects of interest.
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

260 High Road
Newbury 01951
978-270-4705

Directions: I-95 to Exit 54(A). Follow 133 East toward Rowley for about 4.5 miles. Turn left onto 1A North and continue for about 4.75 miles. After crossing the Parker River, the Lower Green is ahead on the left. Park anywhere around the Green.
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A Newburyport Maritime History Adventure

Hosted by Custom House Maritime Museum

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Discover the rich maritime heritage of Newburyport, the eastern seacoast's first major commercial port and official birthplace of the United States Coast Guard. Located in the historic Federal Custom House in the heart of the downtown Newburyport, and designed by Robert Mills architect of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury Building, Newburyport was an important economic center of colonial America famous for its prolific shipbuilding industry, Marine Society and Merchant Trade. Explore our unique collection of maritime art, cultural exhibits, model clipper ships, U.S. Coast Guard history, shipwreck artifacts and more! Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 1:00pm-1:45pm 
Sat 09-21 1:00pm-1:45pm 
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-1:45pm 
Fri 09-27 1:00pm-1:45pm 
Sat 09-28 1:00pm-1:45pm 
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-1:45pm 

25 Water Street
Newburyport 01950
978-462-8681

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57 and follow Rte. 113E into downtown Newburyport. The Maritime Museum is located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, just off Market Square.
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Birding Little River Nature Trail

Hosted by Parker River Clean Water Association

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Bird the Little River Nature Trail with Newburyport Birders. The walk is 1 mile of easy terrain between Story Avenue and Hale Street in Newburyport. Adults only, no pets.  Event capacity: 15.  Special Instructions: Dress: weather appropriate and bring comfortable shoes, binoculars, bird guide, and drinking water. Heavy rain will cancel. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 8:30am-11:00am 

90 Storey Avenue
Newburyport 01950
978-462-2551

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57/Rte 113 E. (Note the large brown Little River Nature Trail sign 100 yards off the exit ramp on the right of Storey Ave/Rte 113E). Across from the Park and Ride Bus Stop. Park behind the Welcome To Newburyport Sign.
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Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour

Hosted by William Hallett and Elizabeth Hallett

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Newburyport, like almost every small town in America, sent some of its sons off to fight in the US Civil War. Follow the history of the Massachusetts regiments, in whose ranks marched many from Newburyport, and learn about their contributions and the history of Newburyport during the Civil War from a historian, Civil War re-enactor and Newburyport descendant on this walking tour.  Special Instructions: The walking tour begins and ends at 57 State St. Each tour lasts about 90 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and perhaps bring a bottle of water. Visit Website
coastal scenic byway  heart healthy  
Sat 09-21 10:00am-11:30am 
Sat 09-28 3:00pm-4:30pm 

57 State Street
Newburyport 01950
978-255-2567

Directions: I-95 N to Exit 57 for Rte-113 toward W. Newbury/Newburyport. Turn right onto Rte-113 E/Storey Ave, Continue to follow Rte-113 E. Turn left onto Summer Street. Turn right onto Merrimac Street. Turn right onto Market Square. Continue onto State Street. Destination is on left.
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Kayak Tour at Parker River NWR

Hosted by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Join us in a kayak/canoe paddle through the Great Marsh! Refuge staff will lead an informative tour inside this wonderful natural resource. This event is limited to 12 boats. You must bring your own kayak/canoe and personal flotation device, boats will not be provided.   Event capacity: 12.  Special Instructions: Reservations Required: Reservations will begin Sept. 3. Call the refuge to reserve a spot. 978-465-5753 x200. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-2:00pm  Rain Date: Sunday, 9/22 at 11:45am

Sunset Drive
Newburyport 01950
978-465-5753 x204

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57/Rte. 113 E. Continue straight onto Rte. 1A S, to Rolfe's Ln intersection. Left onto Rolfe's Ln and travel 0.5 mi to end. Right onto Plum Island Tpk and travel 2 mi crossing the Sgt. Donald Wilkinson Bridge to Plum Island. Take 1st right onto Sunset Dr. and travel 0.5 mi to Refuge entrance. Depart: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Lot #1 Boat launch.
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Little River Nature Trail Walk

Hosted by Parker River Clean Water Association

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Walk the Little River Nature Trail with a nature guide! Enjoy this family friendly, 1 mile walk over easy terrain - between Story Avenue and Hale Street in Newburyport. Children over 6 with an adult are welcome. No pets.  Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: Dress appropriately, comfortable shoes, drinking water; heavy rain will cancel. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:30am-11:00am 

90 Storey Avenue
Newburyport 01950
978-462-2551

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57/Rte 113 E. (Note the large brown Little River Nature Trail sign 100 yards off the exit ramp on the right of Storey Ave/Rte 113E). Across from the Park and Ride Bus Station. Park behind the Welcome To Newburyport sign.
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Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail

Hosted by Ghlee E. Woodworth

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Take a walk with historian Ghlee E. Woodworth creator of the Newburyport's Clipper Heritage Trail. Learn about the downtown area from the 1800s. Hear about John Quincy Adams' first love, Mary Frazier, African Americans and abolitionists, silversmiths and Threadneedle Alley. There's history in every footstep you take. Visit www.clipperheritagetrail.com and discover Newburyport's fascinating history. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 10:00am-11:00am 

Market Square
Newburyport 01950

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57 and follow Rte-113E into downtown Newburyport. Turn left on Green Street and parking is available on the street or in the parking lot on the right. Market Square, a short walk, is the center of the downtown.
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Newburyport Harbor Light on Plum Island

Hosted by Friends of Plum Island Light, Inc.

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Visit the historic Newburyport Harbor Light on Plum Island, originally constructed in 1788, and actually climb to the top to get a panoramic view of Plum Island, Newburyport Harbor and the surrounding areas, including the Isles of Shoals, the coast of Maine and much of Cape Ann. Tour guides will provide a brief history and answer questions. An enjoyable experience!  Special Instructions: Children must be 5 years old or 42" tall. Sneakers preferred but sandals with back straps are acceptable. No flip flops. Municipal rest rooms available within a short walk. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Weather permitting.

263 Northern Blvd
Newburyport 01950
978-463-2867

Directions: I-95 to exit 57/Rte 113E. Continue straight onto Rte 1A S. Turn left onto Rolfe's Lane, drive to the end and turn right. Stay on Plum Island Tpk to the center and turn left onto Northern Blvd. The lighthouse is on the left at the end of the blvd. Designated parking near municipal lot.
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Newburyport's Historic Powder House

Hosted by Newburyport Preservation Trust

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. The Newburyport Powder House built in 1822 at Godfrey's Hill on Low Street - exterior and interior restored, with original cobblestone wagon path, opens as a historic park and learning center. Come experience a Civil War encampment, musket firing demonstrations at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, master cooper demonstration and guided tours of this unique historic landmark critical to our defense. For Newburyport men who served in the Massachusetts Militia this was an important and vital building. Come learn about the role the Powder House played in Newburyport's maritime economy and the ship captains and merchants who stored gunpowder here.   Special Instructions: Slight incline and walk to site. No toilet facilities are available at the site. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 12:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. musket firing 1:30 & 3:30pm, cooper demonstration afternoon
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. musket firing demonstrations 1:30 & 3:30 pm

57 Low Street
Newburyport 01950

Directions: I-95 to exit 57/Rte 113E. Take right on Low Street. Located across the street from the Rupert A. Nock Middle School. Parking at Newburyport Emergency Management or school parking lot.
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Old South Church

Hosted by Old South Church Tour

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Guided tours of Newburyport's oldest church building, which was built in 1756 for the Reverend George Whitefield, including the basement crypt. The frescoes on the ceiling, walls, and curtains in the back of the pulpit are some of the finest examples of Trompe l'oeil in the country. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 11:00am-3:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours will start on the hour. The last tour will be at 2pm.
Sun 09-29 12:00pm-2:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours will start on the hour. The last tour will be at 1pm.

29 Federal Street
Newburyport 01950
978-465-9666

Directions: I-95 to Exit 57/Rte 113 E. Turn left onto Federal St. The church is 5 blocks down on the corner of Federal St. and School St. See blue and white Presbyterian sign.
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Painting Demo at Emma Andrews Library

Hosted by Emma Andrews Library & Community Center

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Enjoy a painting demonstration by local artist Anne Recchia! A member of the Newburyport Art Association, Anne has worked for many years in watercolor and has recently started working in oils. Known for painting evocative scenes of the New England coast, her work is in many private and public collections. Join her during Trails & Sails for a painting demonstration, hopefully outdoors, of the facade of the Emma Andrews Library.  Special Instructions: The Library not yet handicapped accessible - no wheelchair ramp. Around 5 steps to enter building. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 10:30am-12:00pm 

77 Purchase Street
Newburyport 01950
978-358-8097

Directions: I-95 N to Exit 57 for Rte-113 toward W. Newbury/Newburyport. Turn Right onto Rte-113 E/Storey Ave, Continue to follow Rte-113E. Continue onto High Street. Turn Left onto Marlboro Street. Take 3rd left onto Purchase Street. Library is on the right, at the corner of Purchase and Marlboro Streets.
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Waterfront Park String Band

Hosted by Emma Andrews Library & Community Center

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The Waterfront Park String Band, Keith Allen and Michael Forney, are transplanted Southerners who form an acoustic duo with close two-part harmony. Their repertoire draws from folk, country, and bluegrass music, featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and occasionally dobro and banjo. Influences range from Bill Monroe to Gordon Lightfoot and from John Prine to Simon and Garfunkel. A lot of fun to listen to, you can also sing along. Join us!   Special Instructions: The Library is not yet handicapped accessible - there is no wheelchair ramp. Around 5 steps to enter building. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 2:00pm-4:00pm 

77 Purchase Street
Newburyport 01950
978-358-8097

Directions: I-95 N to exit 57 for Rte-113 toward W. Newbury/Newburyport. Turn right onto Rte-113 E/Storey Ave, continue to follow Rte-113 E. Continue onto High Street. Turn left onto Marlboro Street. Take 3rd left onto Purchase Street. Library is on the right, at the corner of Purchase and Marlboro Streets.
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Celebrate Salisbury's 375th Birthday

Hosted by Salisbury Chamber of Commerce & Salisbury Historical Society

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It's a Birthday Celebration and you are invited! Tour the Historical Society Building and the Pike One Room School. Attend a discussion at the Historical Society on the History of Salisbury. Join in the family activities on the Town Green - including food, crafts, face painting entertainment, historical information and more!  Special Instructions: Historical Society opens at 10am with Salisbury History lectures at 11am and 1pm. Events on the Green begin at 12pm.
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-5:00pm  Open Door Event. History lectures: 11am & 1pm; Events on the Green: 12pm

16 Elm Street
Salisbury 01952

Directions: I-95 to Exit 58A. Follow Rte 110E toward Salisbury, turn left on to Main St. School house is located on the corner of Route 1 and 110. Parking in the rear of the Salisbury Historical Society.
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GAR Museum Open House

Hosted by Lynn Community Association

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Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, circa 1885, a National Register of Historic Places property, is likely the United States' largest GAR building. Among many surprises is the jaw-dropping Victorian Grand Hall with 1243 civil war photos. See the last civil war confederate flag to fly over Richmond, VA, given to Lynn civil war veterans as a token of friendship, documents signed by Abraham Lincoln; and WWII and Spanish War artifacts. Tread a time warp with great treasures, photographs of bygone centuries, and learn why The Grand Army of the Republic was an influential movement in American history.  Event capacity: 100.  Special Instructions: The Museum is not handicap or stroller accessible. Visitors must climb at least one full flight of stairs (3-story building plus basement)- but well worth the climbing if you can do it! Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

58 Andrews Street
Lynn 01901
781-842-4370

Directions: Route 1A to Exchange Place (becomes Central) to left on Andrews St.
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Goldfish Pond

Hosted by Lynn Community Association and Goldfish Pond Association

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Spend some time at Goldfish Pond, the area European arrivals to Lynn settled in 1629. Once a muddy cattle watering hole, it is rumored that the area became known as Goldfish Pond in the 1840's after a group of young boys put goldfish into the pond that they took from a nearby Swampscott summer estate where the owner left the fish behind. By 1870, Lynn dug out the swamp, surrounding it with heart-shaped walkway, and built an island with gazebo bandstand. The Pond then became a popular place to visit in 1870's with concerts, fireworks, swimming and ice-skating. Today, the Goldfish Pond Association plants thousands of flowers annually, a beautiful retreat, a joy to drive by or picnic around. Spend part of your day enjoying the park, and join us for a brief history lecture at 11:30am, 1pm or 2pm.  Event capacity: 200.  Special Instructions: Bring family, blanket, picnic lunch! Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 11:00am-3:00pm  Open Door Event. Brief History Lectures at 11:30am, 1pm & 2pm.

34 Lafayette Park
Lynn 01902
781-346-9060

Directions: Rte-1A (North or South) through Lynn to LaFayette Park Street. Turn right or left as appropriate; Goldfish Pond is approximately 600 ft on the right. Street parking.
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Lynn Woods Walk

Hosted by Lynn Parks and Recreation

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Join us on this walk through Lynn Woods to Stone Tower and Dungeon Rock. Lynn Woods Reservation is the second largest municipal park in the greater Boston area. This 2,200 acre forest reserve consists of ponds, wetlands, streams, deciduous/evergreen forest and rocky ledge. The ponds provide the drinking water for the residents of Lynn and surrounding communities. Wildlife abounds in the forest. More than an aquifer, wildlife preserve, wilderness experience, Lynn Woods is a unique adventure.  Special Instructions: This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonably good condition, including children. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-1:00pm 
Sun 09-29 11:00am-1:00pm 

180 Great Woods Road
Lynn 01904
781-844-3838

Directions: Rte-1 to Exit for Rte 129E/Salem St. toward Salem/Lynn. At rotary, follow Rte-129E (1st right) onto Rte-129E/Lynnfield St. Go 2.1 mi and turn right onto Great Woods Rd. Depart: Parking lot
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Maritime Festival

Hosted by Lynn Museum & Historical Society

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Enjoy a free day at the Museum while participating in Maritime activities and enjoying the ongoing exhibitions. On view in our galleries: Lynn History...; Greetings From Lynn: Postcard Views of the City; A Step Back in Time, displaying over 100 shoes on view; Lynn at Home in the Victorian Era; and Tying the Knot in Lynn, an exhibition of over 100 years of bridal fashion. Stay for the day and participate in arts and craft activities, knot tying demonstrations, storytelling and more! This day has something for everyone!  Event capacity: 300.  Special Instructions: Events will take place rain or shine. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 12:00pm-1:00pm  Free Museum Tour.
Sat 09-21 12:00pm-1:00pm  Free Museum Tour.
Fri 09-27 12:00pm-1:00pm  Free Museum Tour.
Sat 09-28 10:00am-3:00pm  Open Door Event. Maritime Festival!

590 Washington Street
Lynn 01901
781-581-6200

Directions: Rte-128/I-95 to exit 44 B to Rte-129 East. Follow Rte-129E to intersection with Boston Street. Turn right on Boston Street. Turn left on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street ~1 mile. The Lynn Museum & Historical Society is located at 590 Washington Street, on the northeast corner of Washington Street and Union Street. Parking is available in the LMHS parking lot located on the left, immediately beyond the Museum Courtyard. The Museum entrance is located on the Courtyard side of the building.
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Mary Baker Eddy House Tour

Hosted by Owned by Longyear Museum

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Come and celebrate the recent restoration of Mary Baker Eddy's first home of her own. She purchased this two family Italianate house in 1875. Mary Baker Eddy was the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the only American woman to found a major worldwide religion. Guided tours will be given throughout the day. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

8 Broad Street
Lynn 01902

Directions: From I-95 N take exit 44B to MA 129 E to Lynn. Or from Route 1 south take exit MA 129 E to Lynn. At the traffic circle take the 2nd right to MA 129 E to Lynn. Continue onto Chestnut Street. Turn right onto Broad Street (Rte 1A). The house will be on your left shortly after turning on Broad Street. Take a left onto the small lane next to the house to get to the parking lot.
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Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

Hosted by St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church

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St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church parish, founded in 1844. is housed in an incredibly beautiful reddish granite building on Lynn Common built in 1881. Enjoy a tour of the church and learn about the collection of over 41 Tiffany stained glass windows, which are among, and possibly, the oldest ecclesiastical Tiffany windows in the world. Two very large windows were designed by the famous sculptor Ste. Gaudens. It is also the burial place of Lt. Col. Charles Redington Mudge, Civil War hero who died at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863 and son of the donor, Enoch Redington Mudge. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-3:30pm  Open Door Event. Continuous tours.

74 South Common Street
Lynn 01902
781-599-4220

Directions: From Rte. 1 North or South: Take Rte. 60 East to rotary. Go 3/4 around rotary, take Rte. 107/Western Ave. Follow Western Ave., bear right through Market Square, and follow through to South Common St. Turn right onto Blossom St. St Stephen's is on the right. From Rte 1A North of Lynn: Take Rte 1A South onto the Lynnway. Turn right just before Wendy's onto Blossom St. and go to end (Lynn Common). St. Stephen's is on the corner on the left. General parking is to the left of the side entrance off Blossom St. Handicapped parking and entrance is off of So. Common St. to the right of the Building.
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J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery

Hosted by Marblehead Museum & Historical Society

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View delightful and engaging paintings of life in Marblehead and at sea in times past, painted in the 1920s by J.O.J. Frost of Marblehead when he was in his 70s, following the death of his beloved wife Anna. Dramatic scenes of a great September gale that destroyed half the town's fleet in 1846 and brought an end to fishing as the town's principal industry. Wooden models of fish drying on racks (called flakes) and of North Atlantic seabirds called hagdons, now long vanished. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Fri 09-27 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

170 Washington Street
Marblehead 01945
(781) 631-1768

Directions: Rte-114 East through Salem to Marblehead, Rte-114 (becomes Pleasant St. at High School). Turn left onto Pleasant St. and follow to the end. Turn left onto Washington St. Park on Washington St. (2 hr. parking below Rockaway St.) or around Abbot Hall (unlimited time on three sides of Abbot Hall).
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Spirit of '76 Walking Tour

Hosted by Marblehead Heritage Tours

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. Marblehead in the early American Revolution - inspiring and moving stories of local heroism. Hear about covert actions and unsung risks that helped America win independence, including Colonel John Glover and Marblehead's remarkable Regiment, and Colonel Jeremiah Lee's under-cover role in helping to secure weapons from Europe, which caused his death. Learn about conditions in the field and on the home-front, and how & why Marblehead's experience was different from Salem's after the war. Voted one of Top 10 events in 2009, the first year of voting.   Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: 1 mile slow walk; some sitting. Tour begins at Washington St. entrance to Abbot Hall, proceeds past the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, through the downtown area, and ends at Gen. John Glover's home at Glover Square, near the town landing and restaurants. Restroom available before and after tour. Enjoy local restaurants at tour conclusion. Visit Website
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Fri 09-27 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Sat 09-28 9:00am-11:00am 

188 Washington Street
Marblehead 01945
339-222-2929 cell

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N, Exit 25A. Follow Rte-114 East through Salem to Marblehead (10 miles); Rte-114 becomes Pleasant St. At light at Mhd. High School, veer left onto Pleasant St. and follow to the end. Turn right onto Washington St. and right again, up hill to Abbot Hall, where the tour will begin. Street parking behind or beside Abbot Hall (unlimited time on three sides of Abbot Hall, but only one hour on Washington St.).
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War of 1812 Harborside Presentation

Hosted by Marblehead Heritage Tours

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Learn about Marblehead in the War of 1812 (1000 men served from a town of nearly 6000 people) -- privateering, prisoners of war, a disastrous offshore battle in June 1813 (USS Chesapeake vs. HMS Shannon), USS Constitution seeking shelter in Marblehead harbor in April 1814, tribulations of ordinary seamen, and three men from Marblehead in high public office in Mass. & Washington City (DC): Vice President Elbridge Gerry (March 1813 to his death in Nov.1814), US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (1811-1845, youngest ever), Mass. Supreme Court Chief Justice Samuel Sewall (for whom Marblehead's Fort Sewall was named).   Special Instructions: Fort Sewall is one block from a small parking lot the end of Front Street. Walk toward the right, with the harbor to your right, into the Fort. The presentation will take place at the far upper end of the fort. Slight incline and some stairs. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 2:00pm-3:30pm 
Sun 09-29 4:30pm-6:00pm 

2-4 Front Street
Marblehead 01945
339-222-2929

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N, Exit 25A. Follow Rte-114 East for 10 miles through Salem to Marblehead; Rte-114 then becomes Pleasant St. At Mhd. High School, veer left onto Pleasant St. and follow to the end. Turn left onto Washington St. to end, then right onto Franklin St. to end, then left onto Front Street. Park on any of those streets or in small lot at end of Front St. and walk up into Fort Sewall. Meet at the far end of the fort, looking out toward Cape Ann.
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The Caning

Hosted by Nahant Historical Society

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Enjoy a conversation and book-signing with author, historian and journalist Stephen Puleo about his 2012 book: The Caning - The Assault That Drove America to Civil War. As part of America's 150th commemoration of the Civil War, learn about Nahant summer visitor U.S. Senator Charles Sumner's fight for civil rights.  Special Instructions: Anyone needing elevator assistance, please contact the Historical Society by the Thursday morning before event (by 9/26). Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 2:00pm-3:30pm 

41 Valley Road
Nahant 01908
781-581-2727

Directions: I-95 to 128N to Exit 26/Lowell St. Go east on Lowell St. though Peabody and Salem. At end, turn right onto Highland Ave./Rte 107 and continue into Lynn. Turn left onto Eastern Ave/Rte 129E and take to very end at water. Turn right onto Lynn Shore Drive, proceed to traffic circle and go 2/3 of the way around (2nd exit). Exit onto Nahant Rd. and go 2.5 mi until right turn onto Valley Rd. Special event parking for the day only is allowed on Valley and Ocean Streets surrounding the Nahant Community Center. Parking at 41 Valley is limited. Additional parking is available at St. Thomas Aquinas Church parking lot - 280 Nahant Road - with shuttle service to the Society 1/2 hour before and after the program.
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Hidden History of Downtown Peabody

Hosted by Peabody Historical Society & Peabody Historical Commission

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We will explore the history of change in a downtown setting, namely Peabody Square. Our reference point will be a letter written in 1902 commenting on places, buildings and people from an earlier Peabody. The participants will be able to visualize the transformation of a rather attractive small town setting to one that would reflect the Industrial Revolution in the form of the leather industry.  Event capacity: 22.  Special Instructions: Tour meets in front of Peabody Institute Library at 82 Main Street, Peabody. Walking will be just within the square area. Please wear walking shoes and bring bottle of water as needed. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 10:30am-11:45am 

82 Main Street
Peabody 01960
(978) 531-0805

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N Exit 26, Lowell St. Follow Lowell St., which becomes Main street. Tour meets in front of Peabody Institute Library. Parking available at the library, or on Main Street.
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Peabody Library Art Tour

Hosted by Peabody Institute Library

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Come see works of art throughout the Peabody Institute Library including works by John James Audubon and Emile Gruppe. The guided tour will be led by the library archivist Erik Bauer. We will meet on main room of the library.  Event capacity: 25. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-12:00pm  12:00pm-2:00pm 

82 Main Street
Peabody 01960
978-531-0100

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N Exit 26, Lowell St. Follow Lowell St., which becomes Main street. Parking available on Main Street, and a lot is located next to the library.
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1812 Privateer FAME: Go Sail!

Hosted by Schooner Fame

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Cruise the historic waters of Salem Sound aboard a full-scale replica of the 1812 privateer schooner FAME! Aboard the new FAME, passengers learn about the fishermen, pirates, privateers, traders and men of war who shaped our North Shore. They learn about the fishing trade that prompted Cape Ann's first European settlements; the brave little schooners of George Washington's fleet; the East India trade that made Salem rich; and, of course, the privateers of the Revolution and the War of 1812.  Event capacity: 32.  Special Instructions: Limited Availability! No reservations. Booth opens at 10:30AM. First come, first served - one ticket per person. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 11:00am-12:45pm 

80 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf Marina
Salem 01970
978 729-7600

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E. Follow Rte-114E into Salem. Left onto Norman St. Continue straight onto New Derby St./Derby St. Turn right onto Union St./Wharf St./Pickering Wharf Marina. Within easy walking distance of Salem attractions. Park in the Pickering Wharf complex, meters on Derby St. or municipal garage at the intersection of Derby & Congress.
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A Season in the Gables Garden

Hosted by The House of the Seven Gables

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Learn about the challenges, successes and failures of maintaining an historic garden. How are we adapting to a new climate? How are we finding sources for older varieties of plant material? How are we dealing with new plant diseases? These are just a few of the issues we will discuss in this presentation that follows our garden through an entire growing season.  Event capacity: 100.  Special Instructions: Reservations Required: To reserve, please email sweber@7gables.org. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 2:00pm-3:30pm 

115 Derby Street
Salem 01970
978-744-0991

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte 114E, follow Rte-114E into Salem. Left onto Norman St. Continue straight onto New Derby St./Derby St. The House of the Seven Gables will be on the right. Complimentary parking is available.
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Guided Tour: Faberge Revealed Exhibit

Hosted by Peabody Essex Museum

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Guided tour of the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit, "Faberge Revealed." The name Faberge is synonymous with refined craftsmanship, jeweled luxury and the Russian imperial family. Over 230 singular treasures created by the House of Faberge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are featured, including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, hardstone carvings, ruby encrusted brooches and four signature imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family. This exhibition explores ideas of luxury, innovation, entrepreneurship and imperial patronage while providing insight into Peter Carl Faberge's life, business and legacy.   Event capacity: 30. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 3:30pm-4:30pm 

161 Essex Street
Salem 01970
978-745-9500

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E. Follow Rte-114E into Salem. Proceed one block past The Witch House then turn Left onto Norman St. Continue straight onto New Derby St. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Boulevard/Rte-1A N. Left onto Essex St. Parking available on-street or at garage across the street from museum entrance (on New Liberty St).
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Marine Lab Exploration

Hosted by Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, Salem State University

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The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. Instruction, outreach and research activities are pursued by Laboratory staff. Fish, clams and other "critters" are spawned and reared as part of instructional, restoration and enhancement efforts that have involved over 3-dozen MA towns. Participants will observe aquatic life and will learn how these organisms are used to understand and manage aquatic resources.   Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Good family event Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 3:30pm-5:00pm 

92 Fort Street
Salem 01970
978-542-6821

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E, follow Rte-114E into Salem. Proceed one block past The Witch House. Left onto Norman St. Continue straight onto New Derby St./Derby St., past tall ship. Follow signs to Willows and Winter Island. Turn right to Winter Island immediately after you see SESD Waste Water Treatment Facility and Power Generation Plant on Fort Ave. Proceed to gate of Cat Cove Marine Laboratory. (See sign at the entrance).
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Salem and the Abolitionist Movement

Hosted by Historic Salem, Inc.

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. A walking tour examining the history and impact of local and national abolitionists in Salem.   Event capacity: 60.  Special Instructions: This 90 minute tour will be on city sidewalks with indoor stops at the Atheneaum and Hamilton Hall. The tour will end on Church Street. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm 

9 North Street, Nathaniel Bowditch House
Salem 01970
978-745-0799

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E. Follow Rte-114E into Salem. 9 North Street is a blue house on the right side of the road just before the intersection of Essex and North Streets (right behind the Witch House). Turn left onto Essex Street for metered parking lots. Street parking is also available.
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Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Walking Tour

Hosted by Salem Award Foundation

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Enjoy a guided walking tour highlighting several key sites relevant to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, including: Salem Prison (Gaol), Bridget Bishop's property, Court House, Reverend Noyes House, Judge Johnathan Hathorne Home and the Meeting House. Volunteers at each site will provide information and insight about each of these 17th-century landmarks. The tour will start at the Witch Trials Memorial at 10:00 a.m., where you will learn about the Memorial's message and continued efforts of the Salem Award Foundation to preserve the lessons of the 1692 tragedy, which remain very relevant today. Map of walk available online: www.salemaward.org.  Event capacity: 50.  Special Instructions: Guided tour starts at 10am at the Witch Trials Memorial. Please allow 45 minutes for walking. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-11:00am 

Charter Street
Salem 01970
978-744-8815

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E. Follow Rte-114E into Salem where it will become North Street, then Summer Street (pass the Witch House on the right). Turn left onto Norman St., which turns into New Derby St. Go to 2nd intersection and turn left onto Hawthorne Boulevard, then take first left onto Charter St. Parking: limited on-street metered parking. Pay-parking garage at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Derby St. From parking garage, walk back one block on New Derby St., take right onto Liberty St., and walk up one block to Charter St.
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Salt Marsh in the City

Hosted by Salem Sound Coastwatch

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Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for a "walk and talk" at Old Creek Marsh, a beautiful and productive salt marsh located at the edge of Salem State University's Central Campus. As we walk around the marsh, we'll talk about the plants, fish, birds, insects and more that live in this marsh, which is part of the Forest River Estuary. We'll explore the role of the salt marsh in our marine ecosystem and the history of this marsh, which has been restored from an industrial dumping ground. Meet behind the Marsh Hall dormitory in the Central Campus (near the Enterprise Center.  Special Instructions: Light walking for approximately 1/2 mile on a paved and hardpacked walking path. Those interested in going onto the marsh should wear closed toed shoes that can get wet or muddy. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 9:30am-10:30am 

121 Loring Ave - SSU Central Campus
Salem 01970
978-741-7900

Directions: From Rte 128 take exit 25A / Rrw 114E. Follow 114 through downtown Salem, towards Marblehead. Turn right onto Loring Ave. at Salem State University. Pass the Salem Diner on the right and turn left at the next light (which is still Loring Ave.) Turn left at the next street into the Central Campus. Park in lot C. Meet behind Marsh Hall.
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Spiritual Middens

Hosted by Witch House

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Enjoy Spiritual Middens: The Archaeology of Folklore - an exhibit and artifacts on display at the Witch House featuring deliberately concealed items designed to protect a home's vulnerable places, the threshold and the hearth.   Event capacity: 40.  Special Instructions: Please note that entrance to the exhibit is free to Trails & Sails event attendees from 1-3pm only. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-21 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Fri 09-27 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.

310 Essex Street
Salem 01970
978-744-8815

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E, follow Rte-114E to Salem. Turn right on Essex St. The Witch House is located on corner of Rte-114 and Essex St. On-street parking available at 2-hour meters or public lots on Essex St.
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The Lady of Salem: Maritime Art

Hosted by Salem Beautification Committee

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Learn about Salem's maritime history and view "Lady of Salem" public art through a guided walking tours of the "Ladies." This festive Beautification Committee public art project features over 15 artistically decorated ship figureheads adorning downtown Salem. Tours will focus on Salem's maritime history, the public art project, and Salem's community involvement in public art. Maps for self-guided tours and Lady of Salem photo opportunities will be available. The project is supported by a Salem Cultural Council grant. Visit our website www.ladyofsalem.com and 'like' LadyofSalem on facebook.  Special Instructions: Rain Date: Sunday 9/22. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-4:00pm  Tours start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Derby Wharf

Salem Maritime NHS, 160 Derby Street
Salem 01970
978-740-1660

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114E. Follow Rte-114E into Salem where it will become North Street, then Summer Street (pass the Witch House on the right). Turn left onto Norman St. Continue straight through the traffic light onto New Derby St./Derby St. Follow Derby St. to Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Parking: There are 2 handicapped parking spots available and limited on-street metered parking on Derby St. Pay-parking garage at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Derby St.
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Winter Island

Hosted by Friends of Winter Island

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Spend a morning on Winter Island exploring the history, coast line, and the park itself. The Friends of Winter Island have a walking tour of Ft. Pickering and a slide presentation of the Winter Island's history. Nelson Dionne, our own historian, will be speaking together with Dr. Dane Morrison, Professor of Early American History at Salem State University and President of the New England Historical Association.  Special Instructions: Very casual walk. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-11:00am  11:00am-12:00pm 

50 Winter Island Road
Salem 01970
9787459430

Directions: I-95 to 128N to Exit 25A/Rte 114E, follow 114E into Salem. Proceed one block past The Witch House. Left onto Norman St. Continue straight onto New Derby St./Derby St., past tall ship. Continue onto Fort Ave and follow signs to Willows and Winter Island. Stay on Fort Ave past the Dominion Salem Harbor Power Station. Turn Right onto Winter Island Rd. The park is at the end of the road. Plenty of free parking available.
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Iron Pour

Hosted by National Park Service, Saugus Ironworks NHS

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Event Just Added! Most current information is shown here. Come spend the day at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Carve your own mold on the day of the event - first come, first served. Hear the roar of the small furnace and feel the heat of the iron radiating from the ladle as molten iron flows once again into sand molds. It's not something you can see very often!  Special Instructions: Events are out doors. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic lunch, and of course, a camera. Visit the museum and see some of the original artifacts of the 1646 iron works. For more information contact Krystal Vezina at 781-233-0050 or krystal_vezina@nps.gov. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 11:00am-1:00pm  Open Door Event. Sand mold carving begins at 11:00, iron pours at about noon.

244 Central Street
Saugus 01906
781-233-0050

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 43 (Walnut St). Drive east towards Lynn and follow the brown National Park Service signs for 3.5 mi to Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.
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Mary Baker Eddy House Tour

Hosted by Owned by Longyear Museum

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Come for a guided tour and learn about an extraordinary 19th century woman, Mary Baker Eddy, the first American woman to found a worldwide religion, Christian Science. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Guided tours run about 30 minutes.
Sun 09-22 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Guided tours run about 30 minutes.

23 Paradise Road (Route 1A)
Swampscott 01907
781-599-1853

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte-114 East, follow Rte-114E into Salem. Proceed one block past The Witch House. Left onto Norman St. Right onto Washington St. Continue on Rte-114E/Lafayette St./1A. Turn right onto Loring Ave/1A. Continue onto Paradise Rd./1A. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the house. A few blocks east of the Swampscott Commuter rail stop.
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Sir John Humphrey House Tour

Hosted by Swampscott Historical Society

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Tour the Sir John Humphrey House, built in 1637 for Humphrey, Deputy Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Now a museum the house has many fascinating details, such as original floorboards, a secret passageway, and a birthing room. Not just an historic house, the Humphrey House is home to an archive of memorabilia and historic photos, documents and artifacts from many different periods of Swampscott's history. We will be featuring a beaded bag that has ties to the local Native Americans! The house is now the home of the Swampscott Historical Society.  Event capacity: 30. Visit Website
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Fri 09-27 10:00am-1:00pm  Open Door Event.

99 Paradise Street
Swampscott 01907
617- 598-4363

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 25A/Rte- 114 East, follow 114E into Salem. Proceed one block past The Witch House. Left onto Norman St. Right onto Washington St. Continue on 114E/Lafayette St./1A. Turn right onto Loring Ave/1A. Continue onto Paradise Rd./1A. The Swampscott Historical Society/ Sir John Humphrey House will be on your left.
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Swampscott Town Hall Tour

Hosted by Swampscott Historical Commission

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Visit this beautifully restored Georgian Revival Mansion, built in 1889 by the architect James Kelley for Professor Elihu Thomson. Brought to Lynn by shoe manufacturers to electrify the factories, Thomson was a renowned inventor and scientist who partnered with Thomas Edison to form General Electric. At the center of the Olmsted Historic District, the building is now Swampscott's Town Hall, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: Self guided brochure of the Olmsted Walking Tour will also be available during visit. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 12:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

22 Monument Avenue
Swampscott 01907
781-596-8850

Directions: Rte-128 North to Rte-114 East to Humphrey St. Follow Humphrey St. all the way to the Olmstead Mall on the right. From the Lynnway: head north on Rte-1A North. Go around the rotary and continue to Lynn Shore Drive. Left at Olmstead Mall.
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"Flight" Sculpture Exhibit

Hosted by Essex County Greenbelt Association

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Join Greenbelt and award-winning sculptor Dale Rogers to experience FLIGHT, a large-scale sculpture exhibited on the breath-taking grounds of Greenbelt's Headquarters, the historic 31-acre Cox Reservation. Complete your visit with a stroll along the trails down to the Essex River enjoying the mosaic of protected land conserved through the efforts of Greenbelt, Essex County's land trust.   Event capacity: 50.  Special Instructions: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking varied terrain. Bring camera, sun glasses, sun screen, bug spray recommended. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm 

82 Eastern Avenue
Essex 01929
(978)768-7241 ext 13

Directions: From Route 128: Take Exit 15 "School Street" 3.0 miles north. School Street becomes Southern Avenue and leads into Essex center at the intersection of Southern Avenue and Eastern Avenue. Turn right onto Eastern Avenue, Route 133, and follow directions below. From Essex Center: From the intersection of Southern Avenue and Eastern Avenue, proceed east on Eastern Avenue, Route 133, toward Gloucester 0.5 mile. You will pass the South Essex Center mall on the right, and then make an immediate left turn into our driveway, which is marked by a Greenbelt sign. If you reach Farnham's Clams you have gone to far.
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Cruising the Essex River

Hosted by Essex River Cruises and Charters

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Join us for a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard the Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Notice the abundant wildlife and changing landscape along your trip. Bring along your binoculars and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired! Limited availability; first come, first served.  Event capacity: 50. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:30am-10:00am 

35 Dodge Street
Essex 01929
978-768-6981

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 15/School St. toward Essex. Turn left onto Rte-133/Main St. Bear right past intersection of Rte-22. Turn right on Spring St. and then right onto Dodge St. Essex River Cruises and Charters is on your right at the Essex Marina.
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Historic Essex Walking Tour

Hosted by Town of Essex

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Event Just Added! Most current information is shown here. Take a walk through time, connecting past and present and experience over three hundred years of Essex history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. Our brochure and map will guide you to 16 interpretive signs, which span the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 2:00pm-4:00pm 

55 Main Street (Welcome Sign)
Essex 01929
978-768-7039

Directions: From Route 128, take either Exit 14 (Route 133), Exit 15 (School Street), or Exit 18 (Route 22. From Route 95 and Route 1, take Route 133 East and follow signs to Essex. Free on-street parking in designated areas along Main Street, and free parking in the lot behind the Fire Department at 24 Martin Street (Route 22).
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Kayaking the Essex River Basin

Hosted by Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA)

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Join us on a 2 hour guided kayaking tour of the Essex River Basin! The tranquil basin offers great diversity with miles of estuaries, inland islands, wildlife, beaches and dunes.  Event capacity: 12.  Special Instructions: Participants, please arrive at 9am to be fitted to boats & equipment and go over safety issues before the adventure begins. Reservations Required. Reservations will begin Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9am. To reserve a spot, call ERBA at 978-768-3722. Limited availability; max 2 spots available per reservation. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 9:00am-11:00am 

1 Main Street
Essex 01929
978-768-3722

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 15/School St. toward Essex. Turn left onto Rte-133/Main St. Bear right past Periwinkles Restaurant. Turn left onto Western Ave. The ERBA Barn is on your left. Limited parking is available at ERBA. Additional free parking is available in the municipal parking lot by the Essex fire station.
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A Hermit's Tales on the Trails

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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Meet the "Hermit!" A hermit lived in Ravenswood Park for 33 years. Walk this local woodland refuge in his footsteps to the location of his log cabin, sharing tales from his book A Hermit's Wild Friends. On the way, enjoy scenic outlooks over Gloucester Harbor, glacial boulder morains, and shady hemlock groves.  Special Instructions: Some terrain has roots and rocks exposed, but most is gravelly and easily traveled. Please wear walking shoes. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Ravenswood Park, 481 Western Avenue
Gloucester 01930
978.281.8400

Directions: Rte-128 to Exit 14 to Rte-133 and follow east towards Gloucester for 3 mi. until it dead ends into Rte-127. Turn right onto Rte-127 and follow for 2 mi. to Ravenswood Park, 481 Western Ave., Gloucester, entrance and parking area (12 cars) on right. Parking on the roadside of Rte-127 is also available.
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B.art Studio Visit

Hosted by Bart Stuyf

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Enjoyr copper sculpture by the sea. Bart Stuyf is a sculptor whose studio is located in Gloucester overlooking the outer harbor and the Eastern Point Lighthouse. His studio will be open to visitors on the Trails & Sails weekends. As a former dancer and choreographer, Bart's whimsical creations reflect his eye for form and movement. His copper sculptures are placed around the property and there is a studio and showroom. Bart will be working on various pieces and visitors can see how they are created or just walk around and enjoy the beautiful spot and lovely art. His website is www.bartswork.com and he is a member of Cape Ann Artisans. His work can also be seen at www.capeannartisans.com. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.

16 Mussell Point Way
Gloucester 01930
978-281-8089

Directions: Rte-128N to Exit 15/School St. toward Manchester. Turn right onto School St. Turn left onto Lincoln St. Turn left onto Summer St/Rte-127. Follow Rte-127 for 4.5 mi. Turn right onto Hesperus Ave. Take the first left on Mussell Point Road. Take the first right onto Mussell Point Way (portions unpaved). 16 Mussell Point Way is first house on the left. Have faith, it looks like you are going into woods.
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Fungus Hunting Class with Jef Taylor

Hosted by Inn Magnolia

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Join Instructor Jef Taylor for a walk around Magnolia to discover as many fungi as we can. Learn about the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms have in the ecosystem and some methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 1:00pm-2:00pm 

18 Norman Avenue
Gloucester 01930
978-525-3642

Directions: Rte. 128N to Exit 15, School St. toward Essex/Manchester. Turn right onto School St. Turn left onto Lincoln St. Turn left onto Rte. 127N/Summer Street. Turn right onto Raymond St. Raymond turns into Norman Ave. From Rte. 127S turn left onto Hesperus Ave. Hesperus Ave turns into Norman Ave. Inn Magnolia is across the street from the Magnolia Dunkin Donuts, 1 mile south of Hammond Castle.
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Gloucester's Working Waterfront

Hosted by Schooner Adventure

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Join Schooner Adventure for a walking tour of Gloucester's working waterfront during its fishing heydays. Using maps from the 1880s and historic photographs, we will go back in time to visit the former buildings and businesses that once occupied our harbor. Visitors are also invited to an open House on board Schooner Adventure in Rocky Neck.  Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: Tour will start at the Fisherman's Statue; walk from the Boulevard, down Rogers St., ending at the Fitz Henry Lane House. Tour lasts about 90 minutes. Public restrooms are at the ending point. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-11:30am 

Fisherman's Memorial, 57 Western Avenue
Gloucester 01930
978-281-8079

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Exit 14 and take Rte- 133 towards W.Gloucester/Essex. Turn left onto Western Ave/Rte-127. Meet at the Fisherman's Statue on the right. Parking: Metered lots on Rogers St. and near City Hall off Pleasant St. Metered street parking along Main and Rogers St. Limited free parking at Western Ave. and St. Peters Square.
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Historic Children's Games & Activities

Hosted by Sargent House Museum

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Explore the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751 - 1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741 - 1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event includes historic children's games and activities in the garden that bring Judith's story to life.   Special Instructions: Please note that admission to the Sargent House Museum is not included; The House will be open for paid tours 12:00-4:00pm on the hour. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 12:00pm-6:00pm  Open Door Event.

49 Middle Street
Gloucester 01930
978-281-2432

Directions: I-95 to 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary) take 1st right onto Washington St and follow to Prospect St. Turn right onto School St, then another right onto Middle St.
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Historic Ice House Tours

Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company

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Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 2:00pm-3:00pm 
Sat 09-21 11:00am-12:00pm  1:00pm-2:00pm 
Sun 09-22 11:00am-12:00pm 
Fri 09-27 2:00pm-3:00pm 
Sat 09-28 11:00am-12:00pm  1:00pm-2:00pm 
Sun 09-29 11:00am-12:00pm 

104 Commercial Street
Gloucester 01930
978-283-0174

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Turn right onto Middle St, left onto Angle St, right onto Rte-127/Rogers St., and right onto Commercial St. Cape Pond Ice Company is at end of Commercial St. on left.
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Hopper's Houses Walking Tour

Hosted by Cape Ann Museum

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Join the Cape Ann Museum for a walking tour of downtown Gloucester, spotlighting the houses made famous by artist Edward Hopper. Tour includes admission to the Museum.  Event capacity: 20. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-11:30am  1:00pm-2:30pm 

27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester 01930
978-283-0455

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Pass over railroad tracks, and take 4th left onto Prospect St. Take 4th right onto Pleasant St. The Cape Ann Museum is on left across from municipal parking lot.
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It's Not a Weed: Food, Medicine and Magic of Wild Plants

Hosted by Inn Magnolia

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There is a cornucopia of plants that can be eaten, used medicinally, or have magical uses. Come walk Shore Road in Magnolia with herbalist Iris Weaver and meet the many plants that you'll never see as "just weeds" again. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 11:00am-12:00pm 

18 Norman Avenue
Gloucester 01930
978-525-3642

Directions: Rte-128N to Exit 15/School St. toward Essex/Manchester. Turn right onto School St. Turn left onto Lincoln St. Turn left onto Rte-127N/Summer Street. Turn right onto Raymond St. Raymond turns into Norman Ave. Alternatively, from Rte-127S turn left onto Hesperus Ave. Hesperus Ave turns into Norman Ave. Inn Magnolia is across street from Magnolia Dunkin Donuts 1 mile south of Hammond Castle.
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Learn to Climb with REI

Hosted by REI Outdoor School

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This is your opportunity to climb outdoors with professional REI rock climbing instructors. Learn the basics of the dynamic sport of rock climbing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. In this class you'll get an overview of basic rock climbing gear and learn how to put on a climbing harness. You'll then get individualized instruction in belaying and climbing. We'll also discuss the differences between indoor and outdoor climbing. Class size is kept to a minimum to allow for individualized instruction. All climbing gear provided.  Event capacity: 10.  Special Instructions: Reservations Required: Reserve online at: www.rei.com/AddSessionToCart?sessionId=76925 Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 9:00am-12:00pm 

Red Rocks Conservation Area
Gloucester 01915
617.429.3088

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N towards Gloucester/Rockport to Exit 14 for Rte-133. Turn left at the end of the ramp. The dirt parking area for Red Rocks Conservation Area is on your left, immediately after the highway underpass.
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Step On It! 300' Street Mural Public Art

Hosted by Gloucester Committee for the Arts (CFTA)

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Event Just Added! Most current information is shown here. Enjoy a self-guided walk upon a new, site-specific & monumental mural. Guided tours available at the Block Party 9/21/13. On behalf of Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk, the Committee for the Arts announces the first of three 2013 HarborWalk Public Art awards: "FISH NET, 2013", a temporary artwork by James Owen Calderwood on Parsons Street, Gloucester. MORE MURALS, MORE TRAILS & SAILS: Sept 27-29 free public tours & a special lecture on the recent conservation of our major WPA-era murals within City Hall (see CFTA other listing, Talking Walls of Gloucester). Gloucester Committee for the Arts is thrilled to participate and spread awareness about municipal art.  Special Instructions: Pedestrian corridor, open daily. Parsons Street is part of the Gloucester HarborWalk, an optional longer self guided tour. The sustainable butterfly gardens of the HarborWalk will continue on this stretch, too; look for bulbs blooming spring 2014. visit http://www.ghwalk.org for a printable walking map Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Fish Net street mural, open daily, self guided
Sat 09-21 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Self guided or Visit the Block Party 6-8pm for guided tour
Sun 09-22 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Fish Net street mural, open daily, self guided
Fri 09-27 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Fish Net street mural, open daily, self guided
Sat 09-28 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Fish Net street mural, open daily, self guided
Sun 09-29 9:00am-11:00pm  Open Door Event. Fish Net street mural, open daily, self guided

Parsons Street (between Rogers & Main)
Gloucester 01930
Ph: (978) 281-9700

Directions: Parsons Street is on the Gloucester HarborWalk, downtown Gloucester, one block from City Hall. Parking and restrooms are indicated on the Harborwalk map, see www.ghwalk.org. The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Stage Fort Park are the main Trails & Sails Gloucester posts and have guides, restrooms and more information on parking.
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Talking Walls of Gloucester

Hosted by Gloucester Committee for the Arts

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Over the 2nd weekend of TRAILS SAILS, the Committee for the Arts is hosting 3 special days of mural celebration and recognition. Art conservator, Peter Williams, who recently completed the first phase of mural restoration at City Hall, will be speaking about restoration and Charles Allan Winter on Friday night. Sign up too for guided tours Saturday and Sunday by Gloucester artist, scholar, independent curator, and professor Susan Erony. Restoration funding: Belinda Foundation at the Boston Foundation, seARTS/Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Gloucester CPA funding, and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. Visit Website
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Fri 09-27 7:00pm-8:30pm  Restorers Intimate View of Murals by Charles A Winter
Sat 09-28 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open House 1-3PM; optional guided talk & tour at 1:15.
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open House 1-3PM; optional guided talk & tour at 1:15.

9 Dale Avenue
Gloucester 01930

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N to Gloucester. At first traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary) take first right onto Washington St. Turn left on Railroad Ave. Turn left at buoy marker onto Prospect St. Turn right on Dale Ave. Gloucester City Hall is on the left.
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Summer Exhibit & Tour The Trask House

Hosted by Manchester Historical Museum

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The Manchester Historical Museum Summer Exhibit, "Grand Houses and Gracious Living," provides a close look at many of the grand houses that were built in Manchester from 1880 through the end of the First World War. Also on display are clothing worn during this period and artifacts from the famous Masconomo Hotel. Additionally, tour the Trask House that was built in 1823 by local businesswoman Abigail Hooper. That same year, she married Captain Richard Trask, one of Manchester's successful merchant ship captains. The rooms of the Trask House contain an impressive collection of period furniture, artifacts and fine art. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

10 Union Street
Manchester 01944
978-526-7230

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N, Exit 15/School St. At the end of School St., turn left onto Union St. The Trask House Museum is on the left. Parking is available at the Town Hall Parking lot - down Church St. (which is on the right, next to the Police Station).
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Quarry Tour & Demo

Hosted by Halibut Point State Park

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Enjoy a guided walk around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration. Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascade from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-11:00am 

Gott Avenue
Rockport 01966
978-546-2997

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. Cross Annisquam River Bridge, and at the 1st rotary, take the 3rd Exit onto Washington St./Rte-127N. Follow Rte-127N (Annisquam & Pigeon Cove). After ~6 mi, turn left onto Gott Ave at park sign (and The Old Farm Inn). Parking costs $2. Park entrance is opposite the parking lot. Follow signs to the Visitor Center.
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AVIS Reservation Hike in Andover

Hosted by Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS)

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Walk on the exquisite Goldsmith Woodlands in Andover. This hour and a half walk will explore woodland trails through mature forestland and the shoreline of Foster's Pond. A variety of flora and fauna may be seen on this walk.   Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: No restroom facilities. Dress according to the weather. Deer tick repellent recommended. Wear good walking shoes and bring plenty of water. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 12:00pm-1:30pm 

491 South Main Street
Andover 01810

Directions: Rte- 128 South onto I-95 South/Rte-128 S. Take Exit 40 for Rte-129 toward Wilmington/Wakefield Ctr. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Rte-129 West. Turn right onto Rte-28 North/Main St. Trail parking area will be on the left.
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Central Street Walking Tour

Hosted by Andover Historical Society

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Take a walk along one of Andover's most beautiful streets and learn about the houses on this historic path. In the heart of downtown Andover, Central Street served as Andover's "Main Street" during the 17th and 18th centuries. While the town's first center was located near Lake Cochickewicke in North Andover, some families including the Abbots, Ballards, Chandlers, Danes, Fosters, and Lovejoys removed to the Central Street area and along the Shawsheen River in the mid-1600s. The early settlers, attracted by the ample supply of water, established sizeable households on both sides of a well-trodden Native American trail.   Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: Please dress for weather conditions and have suitable footwear. Walk includes a slight incline at times. Gather at Bicentennial Park, the triangular plot in the street with the Revoluntionary War Memorial. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 4:00pm-5:30pm 

97 Main Street
Andover 01810
978-475-2236

Directions: I-93 North to Exit 41 toward Andover/N. Andover. Merge onto Rte-125 East, then exit onto Rte-28 North/Main St. toward Andover/Lawrence. Turn left on Central Street and park near the intersection of Central Street and School Street. Gather at Bicentennial Park, the triangular plot in the street with the Revoluntionary War Memorial. From I-495 East or West: take exit 41 for Rte-28 South/Main St. Turn Right on Central Street at Main intersection and park near the intersection of Central Street and School Street. Gather on the triangle near the Revoluntionary War Memorial.
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Natural Selections at the Addison

Hosted by The Addison Gallery of American Art

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Join Addison Director Brian T. Allen for a tour of "Natural Selections: Work from the Permanent Collection," exploring the many ways artists relate to the natural world. The show includes masterpieces by Winslow Homer, George Inness, Georgia O'Keeffe, John James Audubon, and John Singer Sargent. On view concurrently, "James Prosek: The Spaces in Between" includes meticulously rendered paintings, monumental watercolors, and taxidermied specimens that examine the ways we name and classify nature and the limitations of language in describing biological diversity. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 2:00pm-3:00pm  Museum opens at 1 PM, tour begins at 2 PM

180 Main Street
Andover 01810
978-749-4015

Directions: I-93N to exit 41 toward Andover/N.Andover. Turn right onto Rte-125 East, then turn right onto Rte-28 North/Main St. toward Andover/Lawrence. Follow Rte-28N for~3 to the Phillips Academy campus. Turn right onto Chapel Avenue. The museum is the first building on the right. Parking is available on Chapel Avenue and on nearby Bartlet Street.
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Paddle the Shawsheen River

Hosted by Shawsheen River Watershed Association (SRWA)

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. Join the Shawsheen River Watershed Association (SRWA) for a paddle on a scenic section of the Shawsheen River in Andover. We will be meeting at the Ballardvale Dam and shuttling people to the launching point upstream. SRWA can provide gear for up to 15 people (boats, paddles and PFDs); people with their own gear are also encouraged to participate.   Event capacity: 40.  Special Instructions: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: To reserve: please email bob_otter@comcast.net by 9/25/13 if you plan to use SRWA equipment. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:30am-12:00pm 

218 Andover Street
Andover 01810
781-670-6016

Directions: Take I-93 to Exit 42 (Dascomb Rd), take Dascomb Rd east towards Andover for 0.5 miles, to turn right onto Clark Rd. At the end of Clark Rd, bear right onto Andover St. In less than 0.5 miles you will see the Ballardvale Mill Pond on your left. Once you cross over the Shawsheen River, park in the lot on the right, next to the pond.
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Best Hand on the Water (Canoe & Kayak)

Hosted by Veasey Memorial Park

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Bring your canoe or kayak to Vesey Park to enjoy a short canoe and kayak "hike" along the shore. Collect playing cards from 5 stations along the shore at Veasey Park. Anyone that completes the route is entered in a raffle, best hand wins a prize!   Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Please bring your own canoe or kayak; no watercrafts with motors allowed. Restrooms are a couple hundred yards from the boat launch. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Call 978-521-9345 or email events@veaseypark.org to reserve a spot! Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 2:00pm-6:00pm  all boats must launch before 5pm.
Sat 09-28 2:00pm-6:00pm  all boats must launch before 5pm.

201 Washington Street
Groveland 01834
978-521-9345

Directions: I-95 to exit 54 onto Rte-133/Georgetown. Follow Rte-133 straight through Georgetown center (turns into Rte-97) and enter into Groveland. Turn left onto Salem St. at the intersection. Turn left onto Washington St. Veasey Park is over the large hill on right. From I-495 take the Haverhill exit for Rte-125 Ward Hill. Bear left off connector ramp to follow Rte-125 through Bradford. At the Bradford Common bear right onto Church St. Take right onto Salem St. Turn right onto Washington St. Veasey Park is over the large hill on right. Please park at entrance to Veasey Park for this event.
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Birds & Nesting Box Tour

Hosted by Veasey Memorial Park

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This guided tour will explore some of Groveland's 47 acres of conservation land, highlighting Veasey Park's Nesting Box Program. We will explore and compare inhabitants including bluebirds, tree swallows, purple martins, tufted tit mouse and bobolinks. This serene walk is a perfect place for observing and learning about our local birds and their natural environment. Binoculars suggested. Go outdoors!  Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Bring binoculars, bug spray, sneakers or hiking shoes. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 10:30am-11:30am 
Sun 09-29 10:30am-11:30am 

201 Washington Street
Groveland 01834
978.521.9345

Directions: I-95 to exit 54 onto Rte-133/Georgetown. Follow straight through Georgetown center (turns into Rte-97) and enter into Groveland. Turn left onto Salem St. at the intersection. Turn left onto Washington St. Veasey Park is over the large hill on right. From I-495: take the Haverhill exit for Rte-125 Ward Hill. Bear left off connector ramp to follow Rte-125 through Bradford. At the Bradford Common bear right onto Church St. Take right onto Salem St. Turn right onto Washington St. Veasey Park is over the large hill on right. Follow the driveway to the Main Parking Area on the right; continue up stone stairs to main buildings. Upper Parking area for the elderly, disabled or drop off only.
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Explore the Night Sky

Hosted by North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. Always wanted to know how to read the night sky? Come Star Gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club at Veasey Memorial Park and enjoy outdoor night sky observation. Telescopes provided on site.  Special Instructions: Operating after dark if skies are clear. Please check club website http://nsaac.org/2013/09/sails-and-trail-telescope-viewing-event-status/ for updated status. FRIDAY Sep 20th is on. SATURDAY Sep 21 is CANCELED Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 7:00pm-9:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-21 7:00pm-9:00pm  CANCELED due to clouds
Fri 09-27 7:00pm-9:00pm  Open Door Event.

201 Washington Street
Groveland 01834
(978) 521-9345

Directions: driving directions: I-95 to Exit 54B (Rte-133) to Georgetown. Go straight through the lights at Georgetown center, (turns into Rte-97). Left on Salem St (Tea Garden Restaurant at intersection). Turn left onto Washington St. Park entrance is on right. Park in Veasey Memorial parking lot. Please put lights on parking position as you pull in.
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Bella Buildings Twilight Walk

Hosted by Thomas Spitalere, Local Historian

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Take a walk along historic downtown Haverhill at the prime time sunset. Learn how the Italian culture reshaped Haverhill's downtown. The tour will start at the Son's of Italy and travel through the downtown making stops at various building discussing the history and heritage of the Italians in Haverhill.  Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: Please wear walking shoes.
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Sun 09-29 5:30pm-6:30pm 

124 Washington Street
Haverhill 01835
978-376-2807

Directions: I-495 to exit 49/River St east toward downtown Haverhill. Parking available behind Sons of Italy at 124 Washington St.
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Bella Buildings Walk

Hosted by Thomas Spitalere, Local Historian

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Stroll through the streets of historic downtown Haverhill. Explore Haverhill's rich Italian culture and architectural history. After the great fire of 1882, Italian immigrants who had settled in and around Washington Street helped rebuild Haverhill's decimated Shoe industry. Master Italian masons laid the intricate brickwork that is so distinctive of the Queen Ann buildings. The walk will allow you to explore the part of the Italian district that includes River Street, Washington Street, and the lower part of Washington Hill.   Special Instructions: Please wear walking shoes. If raining, the event will move indoors for a lecture about Italian Heritage.
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Fri 09-20 3:00pm-4:00pm 

124 Washington Street
Haverhill 01830
978- 376-2807

Directions: I-495 to exit 49/River St east toward downtown Haverhill. Parking available behind Sons of Italy at 124 Washington St.
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Haunted Hilldale Cemetery

Hosted by Essex County Ghost Project, NE Ghost & Spirt Para-Normal Tour Group

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Join the Essex County ghost project as we lead a tour through one on of New England's most active grave yard. We will also be discussing some of the equipment we use when going to private homes.  Special Instructions: Wear comfortable shoes! Bring cameras and recorders.
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Fri 09-20 7:00pm-9:00pm 
Fri 09-27 7:00pm-9:00pm 
Sat 09-28 7:00pm-9:00pm 

338 Hilldale Ave
Haverhill 01830
978- 376-2807

Directions: I-495 to exit 52 to Rte-110 East toward downtown Haverhill. Turn right on Winter St./Rte-97. At fork, bear right on Hilldale Ave. Cemetery located on the right side of Road.
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Hilldale Cemetery Civil War Walk

Hosted by Hilldale Cemetery Board of Trustees

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Commemorating Haverhill's Civil War history. Join local historians Thomas Spitalere and Joe Bella for a walk through Historic Hilldale Cemetery. This walking tour will focus on some of the 300 local Civil War soldiers and their stories.  Special Instructions: Bring good walking shoes and water. Cameras allowed.
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Fri 09-27 3:00pm-4:00pm 

338 Hilldale Ave
Haverhill 01834
978- 376-2807

Directions: I-495 to exit 52/Rte-110 East toward downtown Haverhill. Turn right on Winter St./Rte-97. At fork, bear right on Hilldale Ave. Cemetery located on the right side of road.
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Annual Spicket River Cleanup

Hosted by Groundwork Lawrence

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Join hundreds of volunteers for the 12th Annual Spicket River Cleanup and support the beautification and cleaning of our city, as well as this important watershed in downtown Lawrence! There will be food, music and fun! A light breakfast and a delicious barbecue lunch will be provided for all volunteers- you won't want to miss it.  Special Instructions: Meet at Manchester St Park, 75 Manchester St (behind La Fruteria). All volunteers need to sign a participation waiver, please download it from GWL website www.groundworklawrence.org/spicketrivercleanup to fill out and bring to the event (strongly encouraged). Extra waivers will be available on site. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 8:00am-2:00pm  Open Door Event.

75 Manchester Street
Lawrence 01840
978.974.0770

Directions: I-95 to I-93 North to exit 46 for Rte-110/Rte-113 toward Lawrence/Dracut. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Lowell St. Slight right onto Haverhill St. Turn left onto Woodland St. Continue onto Barker St. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Manchester St. The tour will start at Manchester Street Park.
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Blacksmithing Friday in the Forge

Hosted by Lawrence History Center

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Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing in the forge of the former Essex Company, the company that built the City of Lawrence! Richard Wright and Steve Ash, of the Granite State Hammer Alliance, will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for the Lawrence History Center gift shop and for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880's when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed.   Special Instructions: The Lawrence History Center is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and is pleased to be holding an "Open House at the Archives" during this event. Please stop in and view select collections, as well as, explore the Essex Company complex - a main office building, a stable, a warehouse, and carpenter and blacksmith shops. Visit Website
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Fri 09-27 9:30am-3:30pm  Open Door Event.

6 Essex Street
Lawrence 01840
978-686-9230

Directions: I-495 S‎outh to exit 45B to merge onto Marston St. Turn left onto Canal St. Turn right onto Union St. Turn left onto Essex Street. From I-495 N; take exit 44-45 for Marston St/Merrimack St/Commonwealth Dr. Then, take exit 44-45B toward Marston Street/Interstate 495 S/Merrimack Street. Take exit 45B on the left to merge onto Marston St. Stay straight to go onto Marston Street, turn left onto Canal Street, turn right onto Union Street, and turn left onto Essex Street.
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Book Signing, Visual Tour & Discussion

Hosted by Lawrence History Center

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Images of America book entitled, "Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike." Co- authors, Dr. Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski invite you to join them in the Essex Company Stable for a book signing, visual tour, and discussion about the root causes that led to the long, sometimes violent struggle between people of diverse ethnic groups and languages and the city's mill owners and overseers. The 1912 strike -- known today as the Bread and Roses Strike -- became a landmark moment in history.  Special Instructions: The Lawrence History Center is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and is pleased to be holding an "Open House at the Archives" during this event. Please stop in and view select collections, as well as, explore the Essex Company complex - a main office building, a stable, a warehouse, and carpenter and blacksmith shops. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-12:00pm  Open Door Event.

6 Essex Street
Lawrence 01840
978-686-9230

Directions: I-495 S‎outh to exit 45B to merge onto Marston St. Turn left onto Canal St. Turn right onto Union St. Turn left onto Essex Street. From I-495 N; take exit 44-45 for Marston St/Merrimack St/Commonwealth Dr. Then, take exit 44-45B toward Marston Street/Interstate 495 S/Merrimack Street. Take exit 45B on the left to merge onto Marston St. Stay straight to go onto Marston Street, turn left onto Canal Street, turn right onto Union Street, and turn left onto Essex Street.
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Bread & Roses Strike Walk

Hosted by Lawrence Heritage State Park

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Walk the path of the striking Lawrence textile workers during the famous Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. After watching "Collective Voices," our 20-minute documentary about the strike, we'll take a walk to nearby sights to see where these dramatic events occurred.  Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Meet at the Lawrence Visitor Center. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Sat 09-28 10:00am-12:00pm 

1 Jackson Street
Lawrence 01840
978-794-1655

Directions: I-495 to Exit 45 (Marston St). Take 1st left onto Canal St. Go straight through lights, then take 2nd right onto Jackson St. Lawrence Visitor Center is on right. Parking lot is behind garden next to Lawrence Visitor Center.
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Den Rock Park Hike

Hosted by Groundwork Lawrence

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Join Groundwork Lawrence's Green Team and Tennis Lilly, Chair of the Lawrence Conservation Commission, for a brisk hike through Lawrence's "hidden jewel," Den Rock Park. The park is a 120-acre wooded preserve that includes walking trails, a granite rock face with fissures perfect for technical climbing, scenic overlooks, a beaver pond, and access to the Shawsheen River. The hike is on maintained trails, with uneven terrain and moderate elevation changes. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.   Event capacity: 75. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-12:00pm 

385 Rte 114
Lawrence 01840
978.974.0770

Directions: I-495 Exit 42A to Rte.114W, across from the North Andover Shopping Market on the Lawrence/N. Andover line. Park in the parking lot or across the street in the shopping center parking lot.
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Historic Mills Photo Walk

Hosted by Historic Mills Photography Workshops

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Grab your camera and join Historic Mills Photography Workshops for a 3 hour photo walk around the historic mills of Lawrence and along the North Canal. You will have the opportunity to photograph the exteriors of several of Lawrence's mills, including the Stone, Everett, Pacific and Pemberton mills. Stops will also include a visit to the Lawrence History Center as well as Lawrence Heritage State Park. For anyone interested in learning more about what made Lawrence a major center of the American Industrial Revolution, this photo walk is not to be missed.  Event capacity: 50.  Special Instructions: All photography skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring whatever type of camera you want to the photo walk. Also, please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes for outdoor activity in fall weather. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 9:00am-12:00pm 

15 Union Street
Lawrence 01840
617-872-4685

Directions: We will meet at the Everett Mill in Lawrence. Take exit 45B off I-495 onto Marston St. towards Lawrence. Take a left onto Canal St. The Everett Mill is located on the corner of Canal St. and Union St. Parking is available in the lot behind the building between the Everett and Stone mills. We are also easily accessible by public transportation - about a quarter mile walk from the Lawrence MBTA Commuter Rail Station, at the corner of Union and Merrimack Streets.
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Open House at the Archives

Hosted by Lawrence History Center

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The Lawrence History Center is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and is pleased to open our doors for a day of exploration in the Archives! Please stop in and view select collections, as well as, tour the Essex Company complex. In the early 1880's, to support their growing operations in Lawrence, the Essex Company built a main office building (now our main archive), a stable, a warehouse, and carpenter and blacksmith shops where tools and implements used in the maintenance of the canal and dam structures, and other buildings in the City of Lawrence, were hand crafted. Spend a minute or spend the day!  Special Instructions: Other events taking place during Lawrence History Center's Open House include: Saturday, 9/21/13: The Lawrence History Center is proud to be a stop on the Historic Mills Photo Walk, Hosted by Historic Mills Photography Workshops; Friday, 9/27/13: A Blacksmithing Demonstration will take place in our courtyard; Saturday, 9/28/13: A Book Signing, Visual Tour, and Discussion will take place 10am -12pm in our Stable for a new Images of America book entitled, "Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike," by Dr. Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 9:30am-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Fri 09-27 9:30am-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 9:30am-3:00pm  Open Door Event.

6 Essex Street
Lawrence 01840
978-686-9230

Directions: I-495 S‎outh to exit 45B to merge onto Marston St. Turn left onto Canal St. Turn right onto Union St. Turn left onto Essex Street. From I-495 N; take exit 44-45 for Marston St/Merrimack St/Commonwealth Dr. Then, take exit 44-45B toward Marston Street/Interstate 495 S/Merrimack Street. Take exit 45B on the left to merge onto Marston St. Stay straight to go onto Marston Street, turn left onto Canal Street, turn right onto Union Street, and turn left onto Essex Street.
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Ralph Fasanella's Lawrence

Hosted by Lawrence Heritage State Park

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See the sites that inspired Ralph Fasanella, renowned urban folk artist, whose works about Lawrence and the Bread & Roses Strike helped revive the suppressed local memory of this landmark event. Program begins with a half-hour video showing Fasanella exploring Lawrence and meeting its people. Then we'll take a one-hour walk to follow in his footsteps, and see what he saw. The tour is a preview for "Ralph Fasanella's Lawrence", an exhibit of his paintings to be held at the LHSP Visitor Center Gallery from mid-October to mid-December.  Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Meet at the Lawrence Visitor Center. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Fri 09-27 10:00am-12:00pm 
Sat 09-28 1:00pm-3:00pm 

1 Jackson Street
Lawrence 01840
(978) 794-1655

Directions: I-495 to Exit 45 (Marston St). Take 1st left onto Canal St. Go straight through lights, then take 2nd right onto Jackson St. Lawrence Visitor Center is on right. Parking lot is behind garden next to Lawrence Visitor Center.
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Spicket River Greenway Walk

Hosted by Groundwork Lawrence

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The tour of the Spicket River Greenway will take folks along some of Lawrence's newly developed parks and provide both historical and ecological perspectives in this important watershed in downtown Lawrence. The tour will start at Manchester Street Park and highlight Steven's Pond, in which native birds and snapping turtles cohabitate. Continuing on through Kennedy Playstead, the DPW Yard, Hayden Schofield Playstead and finishing up at Immigrant Park, those taking the tour will be able to exercise, learn, and appreciate this hidden gem of Lawrence.  Special Instructions: Please wear walking shoes. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-12:00pm 

75 Manchester Street
Lawrence 01841
978.974.0770

Directions: I-95 to I-93 North to exit 46 for Rte-110/Rte-113 toward Lawrence/Dracut. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Lowell St. Slight right onto Haverhill St. Turn left onto Woodland St. Continue onto Barker St. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Manchester St. The tour will start at Manchester Street Park.
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Walk to Great Stone Dam

Hosted by Lawrence Heritage State Park

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A history-filled walk through Lawrence's Canal and Mill district to the Great Stone Dam. Learn about water power, the historic textile mills, and the "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912," a landmark in American labor history.  Event capacity: 20.  Special Instructions: Meet at the Lawrence Visitor Center. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 10:00am-12:00pm 
Sun 09-22 10:00am-12:00pm 
Fri 09-27 1:00pm-3:00pm 

1 Jackson Street
Lawrence 01840
978-794-1655

Directions: I-495 to Exit 45 (Marston St) take 1st left onto Canal St. Go straight through lights, then take 2nd right onto Jackson St. Visitor Center is on the right. Parking lot is behind garden next to the Visitor Center.
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Civil War Tour of Walnut Grove Cemetery

Hosted by Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard

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From the first bloodshed on the streets of Baltimore, to the silence of the guns at Appomattox, Methuenites participated in almost every battle of the Civil War. Join local historian Dan Gagnon of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard and discover the lives of these brave men who answered the call to save the Union.  Special Instructions: Meet near the maintenance building at the Walnut Grove Cemetery on Grove Street in Methuen. The tour starts at noon and should last about 90 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Handicap accessible. Rain or shine. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 12:00pm-1:30pm 

Grove Street
Methuen 01844

Directions: From Route 213 take Rt 28 south. Take a right onto Hampshire Street at the Quinn Municipal building. At the next intersection take a right onto Lowell Street. At the lights continue straight. Take the next left onto Grove Street after the former Mount Carmel Church. Entrance to the Cemetery is on your right. From I-95 S/Rte-128 South: Take exit 37B to merge onto I-93 N toward Concord NH. Take exit 46 for Rte-110/Rte-113 toward Lawrence/Dracut. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Lowell St. Slight left to stay on Lowell St. Turn right onto Grove St. to the Cemetery.
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Methuen Rail Trail Extravaganza

Hosted by Methuen Rail Trail Alliance & City of Methuen

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The Methuen Rail Trail Alliance is sponsoring a day of free, family fun along the Methuen Rail Trail! Start the day with a no frills, 2.5-mile race along the trail that will take runners through the bird sanctuary and up to the New Hampshire border. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, enjoy a self-guided walk and scavenger hunt along this beautiful trail.  Special Instructions: The race will begin at 8:30am at the historic train depot on Railroad St. From the depot, runners will go through the bird sanctuary and up to the New Hampshire border, at which point they will turn around to return the depot. Water will be provided to runners at the finish. Self-guided walks and a scavenger hunt on the trail from 10am - 2pm. Tour information will be provided and volunteers will be available to answer questions about the trail. Scavenger hunt prizes will be given out between 10am-12pm. Grab the scavenger hunt clue list at the event or from the Rail Trail Alliance website: www.methuenrailtrail.org Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:30am-9:30am  10:00am-2:00pm  Open Door Event. Rail Trail Run 8:30; Walks 10-2; Scavenger Prizes 10-12

Railroad Street
Methuen 01844

Directions: From I-93: Take Exit 47 or 48 to Pelham St. Turn East onto Pelham St. Turn right onto Railroad St. Trail Parking is available at the Lot on Railroad St, at the Northern End on Hampshire Rd. Limited Bird Sanctuary and River Access Parking is available at the end of Pine St, along the side of the trail.
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Rowing Regatta

Hosted by Essex Rowing Club & City of Methuen

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Watch some of the top rowers in New England race in the Head of the Merrimack Regatta! The Essex Rowing Club will be hosting the annual Head of the Merrimack row race during Trails & Sails. This annual event attracts up to 400 participants, who make up 24 teams, and will feature a series of competitions and races.  Special Instructions: Pack a picnic and watch the race from the Riverside Park across the street from 975 Riverside Drive. Or, the Waterside Tap & Grille, at 106 Lowell Blvd, offers a great view of the river and guests can grab a nice meal. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

975 Riverside Drive
Methuen 01844

Directions: I-93 North (toward Concord NH) to Exit 46 for Rt-11-/Rt-113 toward Lawrence/Dracut. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Lowell St. Slight right onto Haverhill St. Take the 2nd right onto Burnham Rd. Turn right onto Riverside Dr. The Riverside Park is across the street from 975 Riverside Drive.
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A Live Poetry Production

Hosted by Poet Gayle C. Heney & North Andover CAM

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Producer and host Gayle C. Heney invites everyone to the North Andover CAM studio to witness and experience the making of a poetry TV program featuring YOU! Bring two original poems and be ready to read/perform.  Special Instructions: Don't forget your two original poems, and if you like, a brief biography. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-11:15am 

430 Osgood Street
North Andover 01845
978-687-6570

Directions: Located at North Andover High School. I-495 Exit 43, Massachusetts Ave. North Andover. Continue on Mass Ave. Turn left at the 3rd light, Osgood St. (Town Common will be on your right.) Bear right at the old police station to continue on Osgood St. The school, including the TV station, will be on your left after the Town's public works building. Our direct entrance is a red door with our sign on it. Look for our blue welcome tent at the entrance. Park in the first parking lot on your left, as close to the school as possible.
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America's Printing Evolution

Hosted by The Museum of Printing

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Civilization is advanced by improvements in communications, be it technical or art. Gutenberg's invention of movable type spread religion, improved printing press' fostered America's revolution and today's digital type creates the words on your computer and electronic table. The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of graphic arts materials and machines in the United States. Explore it and see how printing has molded your life - from art and photography, to newspapers and books, to virtually anything you read. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

800 Massachusetts Avenue
North Andover 01845
978-686-0450

Directions: I-495 to exit 43, turn south onto Mass. Ave, toward No. Andover. Proceed 1 mi., crossing Rte 133. Go another .4 mi. and Museum is on left.
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Explore the 1802 Scholfield Carding Mill

Hosted by North Andover Historical Society

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Want to see the oldest standing mill building in the area? Stop by and visit the 1802 Scholfield Carding Mill building and learn the history of the remarkable brothers who carried their plans in their heads and went on to build a network of carding mills throughout New England and New York state. Although the machinery is gone, we will explore the clues left to its industrial past. Now home to the North Andover Thrift Shop, on-site guides will help you in your discovery through words and photos. Visit the shop to see first hand the scale of America's early industrial past.  Special Instructions: Tour guides will be stationed outside of the Thrift Shop, housed in the former Scholfield Mill. The shop will be open during the time of this drop-in open house. This event is not handicapped accessible due to the nature of the grounds and building. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-12:00pm  Open Door Event.

172 Sutton Street
North Andover 01845
978 689 9520

Directions: I-495 to Exit 43, stay right to exit to Merrimack Street. At end of exit, take left at light (road becomes Sutton Street). Proceed over railroad track to next light. Turn left onto North Mail Street and find parking along road.
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Garden Restoration Tour

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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Join us for a tour of the perennial garden at Stevens Coolidge Place first established in 1907 utilizing the plan of landscape designer, Louisa Bancroft Stevens. Under the Trustees' stewardship, the garden has been managed to reflect the flavor of past plantings and many of the original perennial selections have been maintained particularly Iris, Phlox, Peonies and Foxglove. Learn how a group of volunteers diligently restored the garden over the past two years with the assistance of historical documentation. First floor of the Colonial Revival estate house open for viewing.  Event capacity: 30. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:30am-12:00pm  Historic house open at 10:30; tour of garden begins at 11am.

137 Andover Street
North Andover 01845
978-356-4351, x4049

Directions: From I-93, take Route 125 (Andover by-pass) North 7.3 mi. At end of road, merge left onto Route 114 North. At traffic lights opposite Merrimack College (on left), turn right onto Andover St. (remains Route 125) and follow for 0.2 mi. Turn right at traffic lights (remains Andover Street) and follow for 0.5 mi. House and gardens are on left. Turn right on Chestnut St. Designated parking area (15 cars) located on east side of Chestnut St. directly across from house and gardens. From I-495, take Exit 42 and follow Route 114 East 1 mi. Turn left onto Route 133 East and follow for 0.2 mi. to lights and straight over (becomes Andover St.). Follow for 0.5 mi. to house and gardens on left. Turn right on Chestnut St. Designated parking area (15 cars) located on east side of Chestnut St. directly across from house and gardens.
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Stevens Coolidge Place Open House

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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The Trustees are pleased to open historic houses across the state on this Sunday afternoon, including three Essex County properties: Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover, The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, and the Old House Visitor Center at Appleton Farms. Visit a Colonial Revival estate and gardens, a First Period saltbox on its original saltmarsh location, or a recently restored LEED certified visitor center that represents the only remaining dwelling place for the Appleton family on this 1,000 acre farm. Visit www.thetrustees.org for full details. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event. Cow Lecture at 2 pm given by the Cow Farmer

137 Andover Street
North Andover 01845
978-356-4351, x4049

Directions: From I-93, take Route 125 (Andover by-pass) North 7.3 mi. At end of road, merge left onto Route 114 North. At traffic lights opposite Merrimack College (on left), turn right onto Andover St. (remains Route 125) and follow for 0.2 mi. Turn right at traffic lights (remains Andover Street) and follow for 0.5 mi. House and gardens are on left. Turn right on Chestnut St. Designated parking area (15 cars) located on east side of Chestnut St. directly across from house and gardens. From I-495, take Exit 42 and follow Route 114 East 1 mi. Turn left onto Route 133 East and follow for 0.2 mi. to lights and straight over (becomes Andover St.). Follow for 0.5 mi. to house and gardens on left. Turn right on Chestnut St. Designated parking area (15 cars) located on east side of Chestnut St. directly across from house and gardens.
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Stevens to Stevens Walk

Hosted by American Community Think Tank

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Learn the history of the Stevens family and their importance and influence in North Andover town while viewing the meticulously kept gardens and grounds of several historic properties on a walk from the parking area of Stevens-Coolidge Place to The Stevens Estate and Conference Center.  Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: The walk is approximately 2 miles and will travel along sidewalks, roads and woodland trails. Please dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. No dogs please. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 12:00pm-1:30pm 

137 Andover Street
North Andover 01845
978.682.3580

Directions: I-495 to Exit 42A. Merge onto Rte-114 E. Turn left onto Rte-133 E. At lights go straight (becomes Andover St). House and gardens on left. Parking area located on east side of Chestnut St. directly across from Stephens-Coolidge house and gardens. Parking is available at both the beginning and end of the walk. Guests are asked to make transportation accommodations.
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Explore the Privateer Trail

Hosted by Beverly Historical Society

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Beverly's maritime history and importance to the American Revolution is explored in a 1.5 mile walking tour of Fish Flake Hill and the Beverly waterfront. One of the most significant periods in Beverly's history was the time of the American Revolution, when the town served as the base for the first American naval vessels and developed into a major port during the war. Three types of armed ships sailed from Beverly during the Revolution; George Washington's schooner fleet, privateers, and letter-of-marque vessels. Hints to this inspiring past can still be seen.  Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: Limited capacity. Reservations Required: Please contact the Beverly Historical Society at 978-922-1186 or info@beverlyhistory.org by September 21 to reserve spaces. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 11:00am-12:30pm 

117 Cabot Street
Beverly 01915
(978) 922-1186

Directions: RT-128 North to Exit 20B for RT-1A South toward Beverly. Turn slight right onto Dodge St/RT-1A South. Follow RT-1A South ~1.3 miles. Stay straight to go onto Cabot St. The Beverly Historical Society will be on the left
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Historic Houses of Endicott: A Walking Tour

Hosted by Endicott College

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Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Endicott College's historic buildings - once used as summer homes by some of Boston's most prominent families. The "Gold Coast" was a playground for the well to do. The wealthy built sprawling ocean side estates designed by leading architects, featuring palatial rooms for entertaining, terraces, elaborate gardens, tennis courts, and stables for the family thoroughbreds. During the summer these families attended weddings, partied on lawns and verandas, rode their horses at Myopia Hunt Club, and sailed the waters of Massachusetts Bay. Endicott College restored and cares for these buildings. Today they serve as residence halls, administrative buildings, and conference centers.  Special Instructions: A self-guided walking tour, map and brochure will be available at the Wylie Conference Center Meeting Place building. Wear good walking shoes, bring warm jacket and water. Walking tour is about 3 miles. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-2:00pm  Open Door Event.

295 Hale Street
Beverly 01915
(978) 232-2257

Directions: Driving Directions: I-95 to Exit 45 onto Rte-128 North From Rte-128 N, take Exit 17 onto Grapevine Rd, Beverly Farms). Turn right off the exit ramp and follow for ~1.5 miles to turn right onto Haskell St. (by the cemetery). Proceed to stop sign at end of the road, turn right onto Hale St/Rte-127. Travel ~1.5 miles on Rte-127 to Endicott College. Continue past the main entrance ~.25 miles to parking lot on the right. Map and brochure available at Wylie Conference Center Meeting Place.
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Hospital Point Lighthouse

Hosted by U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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One of Beverly's most familiar landmarks, this lighthouse commands a spectacular view of Salem Sound, and 3 other lighthouses. An enduring monument to Beverly's nautical heritage, it is one of 5 Massachusetts lighthouses that still retains its original Fresnel lens. Visitors will be guided by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary up a winding staircase and then up a seven-step ladder to the lantern room. From there they will pass through the hatch onto the gallery balcony to enjoy the spectacular views. An earth-work fort used during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 still remains on the property. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 12:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Continuous tours.
Sat 09-28 12:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. Continuous tours.

Bayview Ave
Beverly 01915

Directions: I-95 to 128N Exit 18 (Rte-22/Beverly/Essex). Turn right on Rte-22/Essex St. and travel 1 mi (over RR tracks). Turn left on Corning St (becomes Bay View Ave). Proceed straight through stop sign & Lighthouse is ahead on left. 1 mi walk from Montserrat train depot (from parking lot, turn right onto Essex St and go 1 minute walk to Corning St).
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Moraine Farm Festival

Hosted by Moraine Farm Partners

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. Join the owners and stewards of Beverly's historic Moraine Farm for a campus-wide family-friendly Festival. Activities provided will showcase the non-profit partners: Friends of the Olmsted Landscape, The Trustees of Reservations Farm, the Cape Ann Waldorf School, Project Adventure, and Essex County Greenbelt. A day-long line up of tours, lectures, children's activities, storytelling and farm vendors offer something for everyone.   Special Instructions: Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes for walking the property. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 10:00am-3:00pm  Open Door Event.

719 Cabot Street
Beverly 01915
978-768-7241

Directions: Take Route 128 to exit 20A, which is Route 1A, North toward Hamilton. Take the first left onto Conant Street. At the next light, turn right onto Cabot Street, which is also Route 97. Moraine Farm is on the right after the cemetery. Several parking areas available.
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Guided Walk Chadwick Mill/Anvil Farm

Hosted by BTA/BOLT

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Event Just Added! Most current information is shown here. This Boxford Explored walk lasts about 1 hour. Some steep but short hills. View a historic mill site, fields, woods, a stream, a pond and an impressive beaver dam, probably birds and possibly wildlife.   Special Instructions: Approximately 1 hour moderate walk, some steep but short hills. Wear trail worthy walking shoes, bring water and bug spray. Rain cancels. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 11:00am-12:00pm 

665 Main St (near)
Boxford 01921
978-887-7031

Directions: Park at Hovey's Pond Parking area on Main St. 0.7 mi north of intersection of Main St. and Route 133 (Washington St.) in West Boxford center.
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Hardy Plants at the Kelsey Arboretum

Hosted by Horticultural Society of Boxford

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The Kelsey Arboretum, preserved and maintained by the Horticultural Society of Boxford, displays H.P. Kelsey's "Hardy American Plants," which have been the signature for his well-known Kelsey Highlands Nursery from 1929 - 1961. Walk through 3 acres and learn about this noted conservationist, landscape architect, and nurseryman.  Event capacity: 30. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 2:00pm-3:00pm  3:00pm-4:00pm 

18 Kelsey Road
Boxford 01921
978-887-2194

Directions: I-95 to Exit 53, go towards Georgetown on Rte-97, take second left, Kelsey Road. Park on Hemlock Road or Woodcrest Road and walk to entrance.
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Digging for History at the Homestead

Hosted by Danvers Alarm List/Rebecca Nurse Homestead

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Over the course of multiple summers the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers was at the center of a summer archaeology program run by the University of Southern Maine in conjunction with Philips Andover Academy. Thousands of artifacts were recovered (many over 2000 years old), giving a glimpse into the lives of the people who have walked these grounds throughout the years. Come get dirty as you help us continue digging. Digging and an open house of the archaeology exhibit from 1-4 with lecture at 2pm. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. A formal lecture will be offered at 2pm.
Sat 09-28 1:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event. A formal lecture will be offered at 2pm.

149 Pine Street
Danvers 01923
978-774-8799

Directions: Rte-128N to Exit 24/Endicott Street. Turn right onto Endicott, right on Sylvan Street, then bear left to Pine Street. Rebecca Nurse Homestead will be on your left.
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Testament Of Freedom

Hosted by Danvers Historical Society

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The Danvers Historical Society will host "Testament Of Freedom" concert at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers on Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 PM. The Essex Harmony, Artists-In-Residence, will perform music of Randall Thompson and Jacob Kimball.  Event capacity: 90.  Special Instructions: Reservations Requested: Please call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 to reserve. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 3:00pm-4:00pm 

13 Page Street
Danvers 01923
978-777-1666

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128 North to Exit 23 toward Rte-35/Danvers. Turn right onto High Street. Follow High St. 1/2 mile, turn left on Elm St. Take 1st right onto Page Street. Tapley Memorial Hall will be on the right. Free parking on Page St. or in the community lot at the corner of Page & Elm Streets.
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Visit the Judge Samuel Holten House

Hosted by General Israel Putnam Chapter D.A.R.

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Visit this true architectural gem! Owned by the General Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution since 1921, the Judge Samuel Holten House is very unique. It allows us to see its chronological development through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This first period home, primarily constructed in 1670 and located in the Historic District of Danvers (once Salem Village, infamous for the Witchcraft Trials of 1692), was declared a National Historic Site in 1986. Judge Samuel Holten was our Representative to and former President of the First Continental Congress, a physician, patriot, judge, and statesman. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-11:30am  11:30am-12:00pm  12:00pm-12:30pm  1:00pm-1:30pm  1:30pm-2:00pm  2:00pm-2:30pm  2:30pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 11:00am-11:30am  11:30am-12:00pm  12:00pm-12:30pm  1:00pm-1:30pm  1:30pm-2:00pm  2:00pm-2:30pm  2:30pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event. frequent tours

171 Holten Street
Danvers 01923

Directions: I-95 N to Exit 47A, merge onto Rte-114 E/Andover St toward Peabody. Turn left onto Garden St. Turn left onto Prince St. Turn right onto Centre St/Collins St. Holten House is on the left, on the corner of Center Street, Collins Street and Holten Street.
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Brocklebank Museum Open House

Hosted by Georgetown Historical Society

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Visit the Brocklebank-Nelson-Beecher House, a First Period structure built in the late 1600s. It contains many interesting artifacts, including Georgetown's legendary "Haunted Meal Chest." Learn about the house's ties to the abolitionist movement and see the "Georgetown in the Civil War" exhibit, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and honoring the men and women of Georgetown who served. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 12:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event.

108 East Main Street
Georgetown 01833

Directions: I-95 to Exit 54 West/Rte-133 toward Georgetown. Museum is on the right at the intersection of Elm and East Main Streets.
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Camp Denison Family Day

Hosted by Friends of Camp Denison

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Enjoy the forty-four acres of conservation land abutting large Baldpate Pond during Camp Denison's "Family Day" (a renaming of our very popular Open House in previous years). Enjoy a variety of free, family fun activities, including food and refreshments, balloons, pumpkin painting, model airplanes, activities and displays, and more, all capped by Irish Step Dancing with past national/world medal holders.  Special Instructions: Self Guided. Mix with crowd, roam freely, no guides needed or provided. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 11:30am-3:30pm  Open Door Event.

84 Nelson Street
Georgetown 01833
978-352-5744

Directions: I-95 to Exit 53B /Rte-97N/Killam Hill Road. Turn Left onto Nelson St. (across from Elm St) . We are approx. 1/4 mile up with sign on your left. Parking help provided.
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16 Elm Street: Within These Walls

Hosted by Ipswich ReCreation & Culture

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Event Updated! Most current information is shown here. Enjoy a living history production written and directed by J.T. Turner that tells the story of one house, five families and 200 years of History; illustrating how history is written in the kitchens and parlors of ordinary citizens. Find out how 16 Elm Street dodged demolition in 1963 and came to be the single largest artifact on permanent display at the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington DC.  Special Instructions: Rustic seating provided. Bring chair for guaranteed seating. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 3:00pm-3:30pm  5:30pm-6:00pm 

16 Elm Street
Ipswich 01938
978 375 0324

Directions: I-95, Exit 50, Rte. 1N (Topsfield) for ~4.4 mi. (past Topsfield Fairgrounds). Turn right onto Ipswich Rd. (which becomes Topsfield Rd, then becomes Market St) ~5 mi. to Ipswich center. Turn right onto South Main St./Rte. 133/Rte. 1A. Turn left onto Elm St., #16 is on the left.
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Appleton Farmstead Tour

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms

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Witness the rhythms and relics of New England's oldest working farm. Walk along bucolic meadows, planted fields, and see our grazing cattle before visiting the historic buildings. See the newly renovated, LEED certified, Old House Visitor Center and go behind the scenes in the dairy area, which is normally closed to the public.  Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: The tour will depart from the Waldingfield parking area, and then will cover about 3 miles of walking, round trip. Most of the walking is over flat even ground. This event will be held rain or shine so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 3:00pm-5:00pm 
Sun 09-29 3:00pm-5:00pm 

2 Waldingfield Road
Ipswich 01938
978.356.5728

Directions: I-95 to Rte-128N. From Rte. 128, take Exit 20A, Rte-1A North. Travel about 7 miles north on Rte-1A and turn left onto Waldingfield Rd. to parking area (20 cars) at street corner. Tour will depart from the Waldingfield Rd parking area.
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Arthur Wesley Dow of Ipswich

Hosted by Ipswich Museum

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Experience the Arthur Wesley Dow Gallery in the Ipswich Museum's Heard House, including major paintings, wood block prints, and photographs. Following the gallery exhibit, take the Dow Walking Tour to visit landmarks and views significant to Dow's life in Ipswich. Tours of the Whipple House and Heard House featuring special exhibitions will also be open and available for a fee.  Special Instructions: Tour departs from Ipswich Museum's Heard House. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 3:00pm-4:30pm 

54 South Main Street
Ipswich 01938
978-356-2811

Directions: I-95, Exit 50, Rte-1N (Topsfield) for 4 mi (past Topsfield Fairgrounds). Turn right onto Ipswich Rd (which becomes Topsfield Rd which then becomes Market St) 5 mi to Ipswich center. Turn right onto South Main St/Rte-133/Rte-1A and go over the bridge. Ipswich Museum's Heard House is on the left.
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Great Marsh Creek Walk

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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Join us for a journey unlike any other - down into the bed of a salt marsh creek at low tide. One of the few sand-bottom creeks in Essex County, this broad and meandering waterway cuts a perfect footpath through the Great Marsh on its way to Ipswich Bay. With ospreys wheeling overhead, striped bass brushing against your ankles, and clams squirting with every step, this is an extraordinary walking experience. This program is perfect for children and adults looking to get their feet wet!  Special Instructions: The bottom of the creek is mostly sand, but we will likely encounter sections of knee high water, and stretches of mud along the edges of the creek bed. Many people choose to wear bathing suits, though shorts or capris also work well. We suggest going barefoot in the creek itself, but you will need a pair of old shoes for the walk out and back from the parking area. Whatever you decide, please dress to get wet and a little dirty. Reservations Required: This event is limited. Please call 978-356-4351, ext. 4052 to make reservations. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:30pm-3:30pm 

290 Argilla Road
Ipswich 01938
(978) 356-4351 x4062

Directions: I-95 to Exit 50, Rte-1N (Topsfield) for 4 mi (past Topsfield Fairgrounds). Turn right onto Ipswich Rd (which becomes Topsfield Rd which then becomes Market St) 5 mi to Ipswich center. Turn right onto South Main St/Rte-133/Rte-1A. Then turn left onto Argilla Rd. Follow Argilla Road for several miles. Turn left at the Crane Estate Main Entrance ( ~1/4 mile before the Crane Beach entrance). Upon your arrival, a gate ranger will direct you to the appropriate parking area for this event.
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Learn to Kayak with REI

Hosted by REI Outdoor School

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This class at Cranes Wildlife Refuge Area will introduce students to the basics of paddling a kayak in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about kayaks, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering kayaking to try it out. Skills you'll learn: experience on-the-water instruction in kayaks; learn about basic kayak gear and clothing selection; and learn basic kayak stroke techniques including forward, sweep, reverse and draw stroke techniques.  Event capacity: 10.  Special Instructions: Reservations Required: Reserve online at: www.rei.com/AddSessionToCart?sessionId=76924 Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 8:00am-12:00pm 

290 Argilla Road
Ipswich 01938
617.429.3088

Directions: Rte-128 North to Exit 20A. Follow Rte-1A North for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rte-133 East and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2.5 mi. to entrance and parking lot for Crane Beach at end of road.
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Milling around the Ipswich River

Hosted by Ipswich River Watershed Association

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The Ipswich River Watershed Association will present a free lecture on the history of the mills along the Ipswich River. "Milling Around the Ipswich River" will be grist for the history buff from Ipswich to Wilmington.   Event capacity: 30.  Special Instructions: Reservations Required: Please email Cynthia (cinglefinger@ipswichriver.org) or call to make a reservation. Limited seating of 30, so sign up early. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 11:00am-12:00pm 

143 County Road
Ipswich 01938
978-412-8200

Directions: From points South: Rte-128 N to Exit 20A/Rte-1A N towards Hamilton. Continue north on Rte-1A for 7.7 miles. Riverbend will be on your left past Appleton Farms. From points North: I-95 S to Exit 54 /Rte-133 E towards Rowley. Continue on Rte-133 through downtown Ipswich. Just past downtown Ipswich, continue straight on Rte-1A S. Riverbend will be on your right just past Masconomet Road.
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Old House at Appleton Farms Open House

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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The Trustees are pleased to open historic houses across the state on this Sunday afternoon, including three Essex County properties: Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover, The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, and the Old House Visitor Center at Appleton Farms. Visit a Colonial Revival estate and gardens, a First Period saltbox on its original saltmarsh location, or a recently restored LEED certified visitor center that represents the only remaining dwelling place for the Appleton family on this 1,000 acre farm. Visit www.thetrustees.org for full details. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.

219 County Road
Ipswich 01938
978.356.5728

Directions: From Rt. 128, take Exit 20A, Rt. 1A North. Travel about 6.5 miles north on Rt. 1A and turn left at the Appleton Farms entrance sign (just after entering Ipswich sign). Inside stone gates, follow signs to visitor center.
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Paine House at Greenwood Farm Open House

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations

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The Trustees are pleased to open historic houses across the state on this Sunday afternoon, including three Essex County properties: Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover, The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, and the Old House Visitor Center at Appleton Farms. Visit a Colonial Revival estate and gardens, a First Period saltbox on its original saltmarsh location, or a recently restored LEED certified visitor center that represents the only remaining dwelling place for the Appleton family on this 1,000 acre farm. Visit www.thetrustees.org for full details. Visit Website
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Sun 09-29 1:00pm-3:00pm  Open Door Event.

47 Jeffrey's Neck Road
Ipswich 01938
978-921-1944x4009

Directions: From Rt. 128 Exit 20A, follow Rt. 1A North to the Ipswich Town Green, continue straight onto County Rd. (turns into East St.). Follow for 0.9 mi., bear left onto Jeffrey's Neck Rd., and follow for 0.7 mi. to entrance on right and parking (10 cars) is 1/4 mile down driveway, on left.
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Sea Level Rise at Crane Beach

Hosted by The Great Marsh Coalition

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What was Crane beach like when the Mastodons were roaming? What will it look like in 2100? Join local author Bill Sargent and Mass Audubon's Education Coordinator, Liz Duff to explore sea level rise: past, present, and future, on one of New England's most beautiful, and wild beaches. This two and a half hour walk will include an exploration of Crane Beach dunes, and pine forests. Bring a water bottle, and walking shoes! We expect to discover evidence of land use change emerging from and submerging within the dunes.  Event capacity: 25.  Special Instructions: Meet at the farthest right crossover in the Crane's Beach Parking Lot. Wear walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Reservations required. Limited to 25 people. To register contact Liz Duff at lduff@massaudubon.org. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 9:30am-12:00pm 

290 Argilla Road
Ipswich 01938
978-356-4354

Directions: Rte-128 North to Exit 20A. Follow Rte-1A North for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rte-133 East and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2.5 mi. to entrance and parking at end of road. Free parking for registered participants.
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Walking Tour of Historic Ipswich

Hosted by Ipswich Museum

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Learn more about the colorful characters who once resided in the colonial town of Ipswich. Start at the Ipswich Museum, walk to Ipswich Riverwalk to view the stunning EBSCO mural and tour the South Village Green area with an eye toward history and three centuries of architecture.  Special Instructions: The tour will meet at, and depart from, the Ipswich Museum's Heard House. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 1:30pm-3:00pm 

54 South Main Street
Ipswich 01938
978-356-2811

Directions: I-95 to Exit 50 onto Rte-1N (Topsfield) for 4 mi (past Topsfield Fairgrounds). Turn right onto Ipswich Rd (which becomes Topsfield Rd which then becomes Market St) 5 mi toward Ipswich center. Turn right onto South Main St. Ipswich Museum's Heard House is on the left.
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Flint Public Library Tour

Hosted by Flint Public Library

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Visit the newly renovated historic library Reading Room originally built in 1891. See stunning stain glass windows and craftsman style architecture. "Meet" Charles L. Flint, the benefactor of the library and hear about his other accomplishments. Visit the clock tower to see the inner workings of a hand wound antique clock. The Flint Public Library is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Special Instructions: The library is handicap accessible and open to the public 1-5pm on Sundays. The clock tower is not handicap accessible. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 2:00pm-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

1 South Main Street
Middleton 01949
(978) 774-8132

Directions: I-95 N to exit 49 for Maple Street/Rte-62 toward Danvers/Middleton. Turn left onto Rte-62 W/Maple St. Continue ~3 mi to junction of 114. Bear left on 114 get in right hand lane and take first right onto Pleasant Street. The library parking lot is on your right.
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Dirt to Bottle Tour of Mill River Winery

Hosted by Mill River Winery

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Enjoy an extended tour of the Mill River Winery's vineyard and manufacturing facility. Join us as we walk you through all the steps of making local wine - including a complimentary barrel tasting.   Special Instructions: Tastings are available for guests 21+. There is a nominal fee for tastings. The winery and tasting room will be open from 11am - 6pm. Complimentary tours start at 2pm and 4pm each day. Visit Website
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Sat 09-21 11:00am-6:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours start at 2pm & 4pm.
Sun 09-22 11:00am-6:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours start at 2pm & 4pm.
Sat 09-28 11:00am-6:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours start at 2pm & 4pm.
Sun 09-29 11:00am-6:00pm  Open Door Event. Tours start at 2pm & 4pm.

498 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley 01969
978-432-1280

Directions: I- 95 to Exit 54 onto Rte-133 East. Left at Rte-1. Mill River Winery is at the first blinking light after Rowley Marketplace (approx. 1.5 miles)
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Rowley Farmers Market Celebration

Hosted by Rowley Chamber of Commerce

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Come to the Rowley Town Common for an Old Fashioned Farmer's Market and an Antique Tractor Contest with over 30 working tractors. Live music performing popular songs from 10am-12pm.  Special Instructions: This event takes place on Rowley's Town Common. You may want to bring lawn chairs for the concert. Visit Website
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Sun 09-22 8:00am-1:00pm  Open Door Event. Live music 10am-12pm.

115 Main Street
Rowley 01969
508-954-1298

Directions: I-95 to Exit 54 for Rte-133 E/E Main St. toward Rowley. Continue through 1 light (Rte-1) to Stop sign (Rte-133/1A). Turn left (North) onto Main St. and drive 1/2 mile to Town Common, on the left. Street parking available on the two side streets, NOT on Rte-1A. Additional parking behind Town Hall and Library.
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Beavers - Our Forest Engineers

Hosted by Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Beavers are fascinating, if not sometimes, problematic animals. They have developed a system of engineering that has provided humans with modern concepts of engineering and dam construction. Come to Bradley Palmer to learn about these interesting creatures - our largest rodent!  Special Instructions: Please dress for the weather with closed shoes. Consider bringing water and sunscreen. Program does not require hiking. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 1:00pm-3:00pm 

40 Asbury Street
Topsfield 01983
978-887-5931

Directions: From North or South: Take Rte. 1 to Topsfield, right on Ipswich Rd., right on Asbury St. From Newbury Port: Take Rte 1 South to Topsfield (approx. 8 miles). Turn left onto Ipswich Road at set of lights. Follow Ipswich Road ~1.2 miles then take a right onto Asbury Street. The park entrance is located approximately ~ 1/4 mile on the left.
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Explore Alfalfa Farm Vineyard

Hosted by Alfalfa Farm Winery

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Taste what New England has to offer. A historic farm in the heart of Essex County, Alfalfa Farm mixes old-fashioned New England charm with the latest in wine making technology. Be our guest for guided vineyard and winery tours, and a tasting flight of our wines  Special Instructions: Wine tasting will be offered for a nominal fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times as we are a working farm and have equipment that could be dangerous to younger children. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 1:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event. tours will start on the hour
Sun 09-29 1:00pm-5:00pm  Open Door Event. tours will start on the hour

267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield 01983
978-774-0014

Directions: I-95, Exit 50 to Rte-1N. Turn left onto North Street. Winery is 0.5 mi ahead on the left.
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Rail Trail Bike Ride

Hosted by Essex County Trail Association

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Event Just Added! Most current information is shown here. Join ECTA on a guided bike ride of the Topsfield & Danvers Rail Trails. We will begin at Town Hall in Topsfield and ride to Rt 114 in Peabody & back. This is a great chance to discover a fantastic and safe multi-use path you never knew was there!! Appx. 14 miles RT, should take just over a couple of hours, depending on your speed on the way back. Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended.  Special Instructions: The ride is about 14 miles round trip, on mostly hard packed surface over flat terrain. Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended. Riders should be able to stay with the group at a moderate pace (ie tots on small bikes might have a tough time keeping up) Visit Website
parking  heart healthy  updated or new event  
Sun 09-29 9:00am-11:30am  Please arrive a few minutes before 9:00 am to check in.

8 W Common Street, Topsfield, MA
Topsfield 01983
978-468-1133

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Sermon & Tea with the Capens

Hosted by Topsfield Historical Society

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Experience 18th century life when you join the Reverend Joseph Capen and his wife Priscilla as the Reverend delivers a brief sermon at the Congregational Church followed by tea with the Capens in their home, a rare example of Elizabethan architecture in New England. This event celebrates the 350th anniversary of the gathering of the Topsfield Congregational Church, and the 100th anniversary of the purchase and restoration of the Parson Capen House by the Topsfield Historical Society.  Special Instructions: The walkway to the Capen House is not strenuous; however the site is not wheelchair accessible. Reservations Required: Email Reserve your space at the historic event by emailing anne.barrett1@verizon.net or calling 978-887-4024. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 2:00pm-3:00pm 
Sun 09-29 2:00pm-3:00pm 

1 Howlett Street
Topsfield 01983
(978) 729-0564

Directions: Take I-95 exit 50 onto Rte-1 N past the Topsfield Fairgrounds to a traffic light at Rte-97. Go left (west) on Rte-97 1/2 mile to stop sign. Go right onto East Common St. about 200 yards to Capen House sign and parking area.
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Wildlife Walk at Ipswich River

Hosted by Mass Audubon

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Enjoy a hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries. Visitors will have the opportunity to enhance their hike by visiting naturalist-docents on the sanctuary trails. Docents will be stationed alongside a beautiful fall field describing monarch butterfly migration and their incredible life history. Also, at 1:00 pm join us for a walk to discover the American beaver in our lush wetlands. Visit Website
parking  restrooms  family friendly  self guided  hiking  heart healthy  
Sun 09-22 9:30am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

87 Perkins Row
Topsfield 01983
978 887 9264

Directions: I-95 to Exit 50 onto Rte-1 N. At the intersection of Rte-1 & Rte-97, turn right at light onto Rte-97/High St. Go 1 mile, take third left on Perkins Row (small sign for the sanctuary). Entrance is 1 mile on right (large sign and gate).
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Attic Treasures

Hosted by Wenham Museum

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View and purchase the attic "treasures" from some of the North Shore's finest homes. This rummage sale has been supporting the Museum's mission of preserving and interpreting the objects of childhood and family life on the North Shore. You may find the matching tea cup and saucer to replace the one the cat broke or the perfect lamp for your child's room. No matter the room this sale will have the perfect piece for you.  Special Instructions: Please note that admission to the Museum galleries is not included; this event only includes admission to Attic Treasures. Visit Website
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Sat 09-28 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

132 Main Street
Wenham 01984
978-468-2377x118

Directions: Rte-128 N to Exit 20A towards Hamilton. Follow Rte-1A N for ~2.5 miles. Museum is on right before Wenham Town Hall. By train: Commuter Rail to Hamilton-Wenham; 15-minute scenic walk south from the depot on Rte-1A.
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Family Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

Hosted by Wenham Museum & Hamilton-Wenham Library

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Spend time learning at the cemetery by doing a family friendly scavenger hunt. Grab the Scavenger Hunt Clues and directions at the Wenham Museum's front desk, or download materials from the Wenham Museum's website. Return your completed form and be entered in the raffle to win passes to the Museum.  Special Instructions: Pick-up hunt at Library on Union St., at the Museum or download from either website. Visit Website
parking  family friendly  self guided  
Fri 09-20 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-21 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-22 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Fri 09-27 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sat 09-28 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.
Sun 09-29 10:00am-4:00pm  Open Door Event.

132 Main Street
Wenham 01984
978-468-2377

Directions: Rte-128 N to Exit 20A towards Hamilton. Follow Rte-1A N for ~2.5 miles. Museum is on right before Wenham Town Hall. By train: Commuter Rail to Hamilton-Wenham; 15-minute scenic walk south from the depot on Rte-1A. Directions to cemeteries will be included with the hunt.
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Historic Milestones of Essex County

Hosted by Wenham Museum

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Join mother & son team Mary and James Gage as they share with us their knowledge of the history of the many mile markers and stone structures that dot our old by-ways.  Event capacity: 65.  Special Instructions: The Wenham Museum will be open for folks to enjoy the galleries before and after lecture. Visit Website
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Fri 09-20 6:30pm-9:00pm  Doors open at 6:30pm; lecture begins at 7pm

132 Main Street
Wenham 01984
978-468-2377

Directions: Rte-128 N to Exit 20A towards Hamilton. Follow Rte-1A N for ~2.5 miles. Museum is on right before Wenham Town Hall. By train: Commuter Rail to Hamilton-Wenham; 15-minute scenic walk south from the depot on Rte-1A.
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Wild, Wonderful Wheels

Hosted by Wenham Museum

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A kids event for celebrating wheeled recreation. Come to the Wenham Museum for skateboard and scooter demos by local "Xtreme" teens, safety tips for bikes, scooters & skateboards, ice cream and games.  Special Instructions: Special Trails & Sails participant pricing for Museum admission. Visit Website
parking  restrooms  wheelchair accessible  family friendly  
Sat 09-21 2:00pm-4:00pm 

132 Main Street
Wenham 01984
978-468-2377

Directions: Rte-128 N to Exit 20A towards Hamilton. Follow Rte-1A N for ~2.5 miles. Museum is on right before Wenham Town Hall. By train: Commuter Rail to Hamilton-Wenham; 15-minute scenic walk south from the depot on Rte-1A.
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